New Approaches to Cinematic Space aims to discuss the process of creation of cinematic spaces through moving images and the subsequent interpretation of their purpose and meaning. Throughout seventeen chapters, this edited collection will attempt to identify and interpret the formal strategies used by different filmmakers to depict real or imaginary places and turn them into abstract, conceptual spaces. The contributors to this volume will specifically focus on a series of systems of representation that go beyond the mere visual reproduction of a given location to construct a network of meanings that ultimately shapes our spatial worldview.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Screen is the Place; ; Part 1: Urban Spaces; Memoryscapes: Mapping Urban Space through Amateur Film Archives; Social Space, Architecture and the Crisis: Neo-noir Aesthetics in Contemporary Greek Cinema; ; Part 2: Architectural Spaces; The Architectural Space Generated by Staircases in Alfred Hitchcock’s Films; Stranger than Paradise – Realities of Cinema, Architectural Imageries, circa 1956; ; Part 3: Genre Spaces; Empire of Catalandia. Science Fiction as the Cinematic Space of the Anthropocene; The Urban and the Domestic: Spaces of American Film Noir; Film Noir and the Folding of America: A Reading of Out of the Past (1947) and Impact (1949); ; Part 4: Spectral Spaces; Blinking Spaces in Contemporary Psychogeographical Documentaries; On the ‘Ghosts’ of Piramida: Ruins, Memory and Music; Remembering a Fabricated City: Visiting Terezín in Daniel Blaufuks’s As if...; ; Part 5: Heterotopic Spaces; On Location: Kiarostami’s Landscapes and Cinematic Value; Mapping Heterotopias in Colombian Documentary Film; Cinematographic Missions to the Portuguese Territory (1917-1918); ; Part 6: Phenomenology of Space; The Viewer’s Embodiment into Cinematic Space: Notes on a ‘Space-Image’ Cinema; Towards the Spatial Affectivities of Colour: The Blue Bedroom in Yasujirō Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon; Cinema, Allospaces and the Unfilmable; Framing Doors, Opening Up Spaces: Cristi Puiu and His Cruel Phenomenology of Space; ; ;
Filipa Rosário (Ph.D. Artistic Studies - Cinema Studies, University of Lisbon) is a researcher in the Centre for Comparative Studies (UL), where she coordinates the project ‘Cinema and the World - Studies on Space and Cinema’. She is the author of O Trabalho do Actor no Cinema de John Cassavetes (2017).
Iván Villarmea Álvarez (Ph.D. History of Art, Universidad de Zaragoza) works as a researcher at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. He has published the book Documenting Cityscapes. Urban Change in Contemporary Non-Fiction Film (2015) and co-edited the volume Jugar con la Memoria. El Cine Portugués en el Siglo XXI (2014).