The Reality Effect (häftad)
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The Reality Effect (häftad)

The Reality Effect

Film Culture and the Graphic Imperative

Häftad Engelska, 2001-11-01
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It used to be only movies were on film; now the whole world is. The most intimate and most banal moments of our lives are constantly recorded for public consumption. In The Reality Effect, Joel Black argues that the desire to make visible every aspect of our lives is an impulse derived from cinema- one that has made life both more graphic and less "real." He approaches film as a documentary medium that has obscured-if not obliterated- the line between reality and fiction. To illustrate this effect, Black traces the uncanny interplay between movies and real-life events through a series of comparative analyses-from Lolita and the murder of JonBenet Ramsey to Wag the Dog and the Clinton scandal to Crash and Princess Diana's violent death.
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"Drawing on a wide variety of materials and methods, Black offers an erudite and intriguing book, particularly when he examines how cinematic fictions have blended with such real-life events as murder and assasination, death by car crash, pedophilia and presidential scandal...his provocative discussion is recommended for both public and acadmeic libraries collecting in media and cultural studies. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers.." - "Choice June 2002 "Recommended for film and media collections." -"Library Journal, December 2001 "Appropriately, 'virtuality' does not exist in my Spell Check, though no other concept so haunts contemporary art, media, and life. In his rich, lucid examination of 'the reality effect, ' Joel Black describes the inroads made in our sense of the world by the ambiguities of representation." -Wendy Steiner, author of "Venus in Exile "Joel Black must now stand as one of America's top cultural critics. The Reality Effect moves effortlessly between the highbrow theory of Freud and Lacan and the low, low genres of pornography and snuff films, providing dazzling insights into such promoters of the 'graphic imperative' as Oliver Stone, Brian De Palma, Abe Zapruder and Reality TV along the way." -Steven Jay Schneider, New York University

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Joel Black teaches comparative literature and film at the University of Georgia. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Murder: A Study in Romantic Literature and Contemporary Culture (1991).


Introduction: The Filmed Century Beyond Art and Entertainment. The Reality Effect. Reality Bites Back: Kernel Truths. From Cinema Verite to Reality TV. Mediating Reality: Wag the Dog to War Games. The Graphic Imperative. Part I: Film Culture One/Pornographic Science Missing Scenes: Coover's Casablanca. Intrusive Scenes: Scorsese's Marriage Manual. Freezing the Scene: Pynchon's Prehistory on Film. Your Car's Mind Two/Primal Scenes Questioning the Woman. Films Without Film. Infantilizing the Viewer. Hard-Core Freud. The Reality of Fantasy. De Palma's Wolf-Man. Three/Body Parts Multiple Images and Displaced Desire. Split Persons and Body Doubles. Shower Show: Dressed to Kill to Body Double. The Erotics of Substitution: Vertigo to Body Double. Vamps and Vampires. Conjugal Adultery and Movie Children. Part II: Film Events Four/Documenting Violence Serial Violence/Surveillance. The Year of Filming Dangerously. Hidden Figures: The Assassination Scene from Antonioni to Zapruder. Surprise Executions. Films that Kill. Five/Telling Stories "I Want to See You with My Eyes". Screening the Holocaust. Screening Hollywood. The Death of the Mind. Six/Showing the Obscene Time and the Unthinkable. Releasing the Unreleaseable - Stealing Childhood: Lolita to JonBenet, Death Writing Images: Crash and Princess Diana, Wagging the Dog; Sex, Lies, and the Clinton Videotapes. Part III: Film Dreams Seven/From Dream work to Dreamworks. Unreal Estate: Fake Towns, Real People. Ants Wars. Back to the Future: Movies, the Ride. The Color of Dreams. Back to the Drawing Board: Movies, the Game. Dream Worlds. Afterword on the Afterlife. Notes.