Research in Progress Presentations and Research Updates
4:30pm in G22, Jubilee Building.
20 minute Research in Progress Presentations:
Frank Verano – The Wrecking Corporation of America: Direct Cinema Under Construction in One P.M. and Eat the Document
In developing a cinema in the late 1960s to respond to a society in crisis, Jean-Luc Godard, D.A. Pennebaker, and Bob Dylan exposed a crisis of form in prevailing modes of documentary representation, which, most immediately, implicated Pennebaker’s own observational practice as well as that of his fellow practitioners of American direct cinema and cinéma vérité. This paper analyses the dismantling of the form and ideology of direct cinema in One P.M. (Pennebaker, 1972), a project initiated by Godard after he foresaw a 1968 American revolution and completed by Pennebaker when Godard abandoned it, and Eat the Document (Dylan, 1972), an “anti-documentary” deconstruction of the musician’s 1966 European tour. In both films’ form and structure, artificiality is foreground and the (re)presentation of reality is made unnatural. In dismantling American direct cinema, Godard, Pennebaker, and Dylan construct a cinema that examines the challenge of representing a society that saw the organisation of knowledge and power increasingly destabilised.
Gemma Cobb – Looking at women in popular culture: the celebrity gossip magazine
10 Minute Research Update: Emma Withers
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