The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television and the Modern Event Sobchack

ISBN: 9780415910842

Published: March 6th 1997

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288 pages


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The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television and the Modern Event  by  Sobchack

The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television and the Modern Event by Sobchack
March 6th 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780415910842 | 6.27 Mb

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the Rodney King beating, the O.J. Simpson trial, what is to count as history, and how can it be recounted? This is an anthology of essays from major film scholars and historians which focuses on a radicalMoreIn the aftermath of the Holocaust, the Rodney King beating, the O.J. Simpson trial, what is to count as history, and how can it be recounted? This is an anthology of essays from major film scholars and historians which focuses on a radical contemporary challenge to historical representation in film.

This challenge is brought about by what the collection terms the modernist event - novel historical occurrences unthinkable before the 20th century and raised to visibility, if not intelligibility, through the mass mediations of film and television. Contributors look at how the moving image has not only challenged, but completely altered, traditional modes of historical thought and representation.

Exploring a range of film and video texts, from The Ten Commandments to the Rodney King video, from the projected work of documentarian Errol Morris to Oliver Stones JFK and Steven Spielbergs Schindlers List, this volume asks what are the appropriate forms of media for making the incoherence and fragmentation of contemporary history intelligible and meaningful?



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