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New Approaches to Cinematic Space

1st Edition

Edited by Filipa Rosário, Iván Villarmea Álvarez


254 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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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

List of Figures


Introduction: Screen is the Place

Filipa Rosário & Iván Villarmea Álvarez

Part 1: Urban Spaces

Memoryscapes: Mapping Urban Space through Amateur Film Archives

Paolo Simoni

Social Space, Architecture and the Crisis: Neo-noir Aesthetics in Contemporary Greek Cinema

Anna Poupou

Part 2: Architectural Spaces

The Architectural Space Generated by Staircases in Alfred Hitchcock’s Films

María Novela de Aragón

Stranger than Paradise – Realities of Cinema, Architectural Imageries, circa 1956

Francisco Ferreira

Part 3: Genre Spaces

Empire of Catalandia. Science Fiction as the Cinematic Space of the Anthropocene

Maurizia Natali

The Urban and the Domestic: Spaces of American Film Noir

Sérgio Dias Branco

Film Noir and the Folding of America: A Reading of Out of the Past (1947) and Impact (1949)

Jeff Childs

Part 4: Spectral Spaces

Blinking Spaces in Contemporary Psychogeographical Documentaries

Iván Villarmea Álvarez

On the ‘Ghosts’ of Piramida: Ruins, Memory and Music

José Duarte

Remembering a Fabricated City: Visiting Terezín in Daniel Blaufuks’s As if…

Sandra Camacho

Part 5: Heterotopic Spaces

On Location: Kiarostami’s Landscapes and Cinematic Value

Maria Irene Aparício

Mapping Heterotopias in Colombian Documentary Film

María Luna

Cinematographic Missions to the Portuguese Territory (1917-1918)

Paulo Cunha

Part 6: Phenomenology of Space

The Viewer’s Embodiment into Cinematic Space: Notes on a ‘Space-Image’ Cinema

Antoine Gaudin

Towards the Spatial Affectivities of Colour: The Blue Bedroom in Yasujirō Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon

Sander Hölsgens

Cinema, Allospaces and the Unfilmable

Bruno Surace

Framing Doors, Opening Up Spaces: Cristi Puiu and His Cruel Phenomenology of Space

Zsolt Gyenge

List of Contributors

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Film Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of film studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this important and evolving subject area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies