Planetary Cinema
Title
Planetary Cinema
Subtitle
Film, Media and the Earth
Price
€ 109,00
ISBN
9789463729628
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
330
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
List of Figures
Introduction
The (Whole) World in Motion
Earth, World, Globe, Planet
Multiple Media Worlds
Towards the Planetary
Chapter 1. Sublime Earth
Humboldt’s Panoramas
Humboldt’s Globes
IMAX Whole-Earth
Who Does the Earth Think It Is?
Unearthing the Earth
Chapter 2. The Unseen World Across the World
Unseen Worlds
Never Before Seen
Never Before Seen (Again)
Never to Be Seen Again
Chapter 3. The Universal Equality of Things
The Encyclopedia, or ‘The Sun is No Respecter of Persons or of Things’
The Integrated Whole, or ‘An Instantaneous Survey of the World’
The Database, or ‘YouTube is the World Stage’
Chapter 4. The Face of the World
The Inter-Face
Death’s Head
‘Don’t Blink!’
The Face in the Crowd
Chapter 5. A Networked Humanity
‘One Common Flood of Humanity’
A World of Strangers
Networking the Earth
Chapter 6. A Disappearing Planet
A Human Planet
An Inhuman Planet
A Nonhuman Planet
A Non-Planet
Bibliography

Reviews and Features

"This timely book traces a history of universalizing whole-Earth images from panoramas, world exhibitions, stereographs, and silent-era cinema to IMAX and BBC nature documentaries, showing the problems and promise of such universalizing visualizations for our current moment of ecological crisis."
- Jennifer Lynn Peterson, Woodbury University, Los Angeles

"At our current critical juncture in which new thinking about the planet has never been more urgent, Tiago de Luca’s Planetary Cinema reminds us of media’s long history of reflecting, shaping, and questioning planetary consciousness. This work offers a fascinating interdisciplinary exploration of how the figure and image of the world have been constructed and challenged through film and related media. Combining an innovative conceptual approach with illuminating case studies across history from panoramas and early cinema to experimental film and tv documentaries, Planetary Cinema makes important contributions to the growing field of ecocinema. A philosophically-informed and historically sensitive study of how media have made us feel at home, or not, in the world and its remaking."
- Paula Amad, University of Iowa

"This fascinating study shows how cinema has both bolstered and challenged our planetary imaginaries, from 19th-century imperialism to the current ecological crisis. With deep historical knowledge, De Luca brings past and present media practices into a productive dialogue, where each transforms our understanding of the other."
- Michael Cowan, University of Iowa

Tiago de Luca

Planetary Cinema

Film, Media and the Earth

The story is now familiar. In the late 1960s humanity finally saw photographic evidence of the Earth in space for the first time. According to this narrative, the impact of such images in the consolidation of a planetary consciousness is yet to be matched. This book tells a different story. It argues that this narrative has failed to account for the vertiginous global imagination underpinning the media and film culture of the late nineteenth century and beyond. Panoramas, giant globes, world exhibitions, photography and stereography: all promoted and hinged on the idea of a world made whole and newly visible. When it emerged, cinema did not simply contribute to this effervescent globalism so much as become its most significant and enduring manifestation. Planetary Cinema proposes that an exploration of that media culture can help us understand contemporary planetary imaginaries in times of environmental collapse. Engaging with a variety of media, genres and texts, the book sits at the intersection of film/media history and theory/philosophy, and it claims that we need this combined approach and expansive textual focus in order to understand the way we see the world.
Author

Tiago de Luca

Dr Tiago de Luca is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Realism of the Senses in World Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality (2014), and the editor (with Nuno Barradas Jorge) of Slow Cinema (2016) and (with Lúcia Nagib and Luciana Corrêa de Araújo) Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema (2022). He is the editor (with Lúcia Nagib) of the Film Thinks series.