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Cinema of Exploration
Essays on an Adventurous Film Practice

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Book Description

Drawing together eighteen contributions from leading international scholars, this book conceptualizes the history and theory of cinema’s century-long relationship to modes of exploration in its many forms, from colonialist expeditions to decolonial radical cinemas to the perceptual voyage of the senses made possible by the cinematic apparatus.

This is the first anthology dedicated to thinking cinema’s relationship to exploration from a global, decolonial, and ecological perspective. Featuring leading scholars working with pathbreaking interdisciplinary methodologies (drawing upon insights from science and technology studies, postcolonial theory, indigenous ways of knowing, and film theory and history), it theorizes cinema’s implication in imperial conquest but also its cutting edge role in empirical expansion and experiments in sensual and critical perception. The collected essays consider filmmaking in cross-cultural contexts, consider films made in or about peoples in South America, Asia, Africa, indigenous North America, as well as polar, outer space, and underwater exploration, with famous figures such as Jacques Yves Cousteau are considered alongside amateur and scientific filmmakers.

The essays in this collection are ideal for a broad range of scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in Cinema and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and cognate fields.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: "Introduction: An Adventurous Film Practice and Theory"

James Leo Cahill and Luca Caminati

Part I: Explorations in Perception

Chapter Two: "Chasing Bugs: Microbial Frontiers in American Epidemiological Documentaries, 1946-60

Bishnupriya Ghosh

Chapter Three: "Through the Body with Laser Gun and Camera: Fantastic Voyage and the Cinema of Exploration"

Oliver Gaycken

Chapter Four: "Outer and Inner Space: Psychedelia and Selected Representations of Altered Consciousness in Experimental Cinema"

Juan Carlos Kase

Chapter Five: "Weird Loops: Climate Change, Drone Cinema, and the Work of Mourning"

Katherine Groo

Part II: Cinema of Expedition

Chapter Six: "Chance Wrote The Screenplay, Reality Directed the Film: The Exploration Films of Hans Hass"

Vinzenz Hediger

Chapter Seven: "Environmental Aesthetics: Tracing a Latent Image from Early Safari Films to Contemporary Art Cinema"

Inga Pollmann

Chapter Eight: "Travelling the World with a Smile: James Fitzpatrick's Traveltalks"

Liz Czach

Chapter Nine: "Aquariums, Diving Equipment, and the Undersea Films of John Ernest Williamson"

Jonathan Crylen

Chapter Ten: "The Dual Journey of Long Live the Nation: Sounding Travel Documentary in Wartime China"

Ling Zhang

Part III: Narratives of Exploration

Chapter Eleven: "Exploring Marker’s Cuba: Shivers and Rhythms"

Nora M. Alter

Chapter Twelve: "Like a Mobile, Living Archive: Antonioni the Traveler"

Marco Dalla Gassa

Chapter Thirteen: "Adventure Cinema in the Age of Austerity: the case of Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights (2015) trilogy"

Malini Guha

Chapter Fourteen: "Amazon Cinema: Vegetal Storytelling"

Catherine Russell

Part IV. Cinema of Exploitation

Chapter Fifteen: "Mondo Exotica: Ethnography, Eros, and Exploitation in Italian Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s"

Clarissa Clò

Chapter Sixteen: "From Pierre Perrault to Rolf De Heer: Auteur Cinema and the Poetic Exploration of Indigenous Lands and Identities"

Karine Bertrand

Chapter Seventeen: "Prospecting: Cinema and the Exploration of Extraction"

Brian R. Jacobson


Chapter Eighteen: "Speculations on film/theory and the trope of exploration"

Bhaskar Sarkar

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James Leo Cahill is Director of the Cinema Studies Institute and Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and French at the University of Toronto. He is author of Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé (2019) and general editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture.

Luca Caminati is Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of Orientalismo eretico. Pier Paolo Pasolini e il cinema del Terzo Mondo (2007), Il cinema come happening: Pasolini's Primitivism and the Sixties Italian Art Scene (2010), and Roberto Rossellini documentarista. Una cultura della realtà (2012). He is currently an associate editor for Italica.