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Absence in cinema : the art of showing nothing

Author: Justin Remes
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Absence has played a crucial role in the history of avant-garde aesthetics, from the blank canvases of Robert Rauschenberg to Yves Klein's invisible paintings, from the "silent" music of John Cage to Samuel Beckett's minimalist theater. Yet little attention has been given to the important role of absence in cinema. In the first book to focus on cinematic absence, Justin Remes demonstrates how omissions of expected  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Remes, Justin,
Absence in cinema
New York : Columbia University Press, 2020.
(DLC) 2019052344
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Remes
ISBN: 9780231189309 0231189303 9780231189316 0231189311
OCLC Number: 1127660957
Description: x, 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction : voids --
1. Walter Ruttmann and the blind film --
2. Stan Brakhage and the birth of silence --
3. Naomi Uman and the peekaboo principle --
4. Martin Arnold's disappearing act --
Conclusion : nothing is important.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Responsibility: Justin Remes.


Justin Remes demonstrates how omissions of expected elements can spur viewers to interpret and understand the nature of film in new ways. Through a careful analysis of a broad array of avant-garde  Read more...


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An enchanting, endearing feature of this detailed and serious study of four films by Walter Ruttmann, Stan Brakhage, Naomi Uman and Martin Arnold is that it advances through a series of anecdotes, Read more...

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