Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema

Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema


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Whereas sculpture is an artistic practice that involves not only static but also material, three-dimensional, and durable objects, the cinema produces kinetic, immaterial, two-dimensional, and fleeting images. However, the history of cinema amply illustrates the attraction of these opposites: statues coming to life in early cinema and disturbing the peace in Surrealist and trance films; the optical and haptic exploration of sculptural volumes in art documentaries and artists' films; the lure of the wax museums in horror films; the statuary metaphors of post-war modernist cinema; the mythological living statues of the peplum genre; and contemporary art practices in which film is used as sculptural medium.

Dealing with a wide range of magical, mystical, cultural, historical, formal, and phenomenological interactions between film and sculpture, this book examines key sculptural motifs in film and cinematic sculpture in eight chapters and an extensive reference gallery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474431705
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2019
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Film and Intermediality Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Steven Jacobs teaches at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp.

Susan Felleman is Professor of Art History and Film and Media Studies at the University of South Carolina.

Vito Adriaensens is a visiting scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Film Department with a Fellowship from the Flemish Research Council and the European Union's Horizon 2020 Project at the University of Antwerp.

Lisa Colpaert is a fashion designer and a film historian. She works as a curator for Cinea at the Royal Belgian Film Archive and is undertaking a practice-based PhD at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Marble Camera, Steven Jacobs

1. The Sculptor's Dream: Living Statues in Early Cinema, Vito Adriaensens and Steven Jacobs
2. The Mystery... The Blood...the Age of Gold: Sculpture in Surrealist and Surreal Cinema, Susan Felleman
3. Carving Cameras on Thorvaldsen and Rodin: Mid-Twentieth-Century Documentaries on Sculpture, Steven Jacobs
4. Mysteries of the Wax Museum: Anatomy of an Ovidian Cinema, Vito Adriaensens
5. The Night of the Human Body: Statues and Fantasy in Post-War American Cinema, Susan Felleman
6. From Pompei to Marienbad: Classical Sculpture in Post-War European Modernist Cinema, Steven Jacobs and Lisa Colpaert
7. Of Swords, Sandals, and Statues: The Myth of the Living Statue from Hephaistos to the Silver Screen, Vito Adriaensens
8. Coda: Returning the Favor (A Short History of Film Becoming Sculpture), Susan Felleman

Vito Adriaensens and Lisa Colpaert

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