Cinema's Alchemist (häftad)
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Davis, Whitney (contributions)/Foeldenyi, Laszlo F. (contributions)/Davis, Whitney (contributions)/Foeldenyi, Laszlo F. (contributions)
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Cinema's Alchemist (häftad)

Cinema's Alchemist

The Films of Peter Forgacs

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Peter Forgacs, based in Budapest, is best known for his award-winning films built on home movies from the 1930s to the 1960s that document ordinary lives soon to intersect with offscreen historical events. Cinema's Alchemist offers a sustained exploration of the imagination and skill with which Forgacs reshapes such film footage, originally intended for private and personal viewing, into extraordinary films dedicated to remembering the past in ways that matter for our future. Contributors: Whitney Davis, U of California, Berkeley; Laszlu3 F. Fu6ldenyi, U of Theatre, Film and Television, Budapest; Marsha Kinder, U of Southern California; Tamas Koranyi; Scott MacDonald, Hamilton College; Tyrus Miller, U of California, Santa Cruz; Roger Odin, U of Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle; Catherine Portuges, U of Massachusetts Amherst; Michael S. Roth, Wesleyan U; Kaja Silverman, U of Pennsylvania; Ernst van Alphen, Leiden U, the Netherlands; Malin Wahlberg, Stockholm U.
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"There are film makers who have created a documentary opus of great significance, and have thereby deepened our understanding of the past. Peter Forgacs, Hungarian film maker and media artist, is such a man. He composes films as if they were musical compositions-by using found material." -from the 2007 Erasmus Prize Laudatio "Peter Forgacs is indeed an alchemist, as this insightful compendium of essays proclaims; his extraordinary process transforms ordinary home movies into works of profound and sometimes mysterious beauty. This volume brilliantly articulates the qualities that make his work so distinctive and important, not only as acts of cinematic archaeology but as transformative art. Michael Renov's concise appreciation of Forgacs' devastating reimagining of pre-Holocaust Jewish family movies in The Maelstrom, and Bill Nichols's and Scott MacDonald's revealing interviews with the filmmaker himself, are among the gems to be discovered." -Peter L. Stein, Executive Director, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker

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Bill Nichols is professor of cinema at San Francisco State University. Michael Renov is vice dean of academic affairs and professor of critical studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.


Contents Introduction Bill Nichols Part I. Setting the Scene 1. Peter Forgacs: An Interview Scott MacDonald 2. The Memory of Loss: Peter Forgacs's Saga of Family Life and Social Hell Peter Forgacs and Bill Nichols, in dialogue Part II. The Holocaust Films 3. Towards a New Historiography: The Aesthetics of Temporality Ernst van Alphen 4. Ordinary Film: The Maelstrom Michael S. Roth 5. Historical Discourses of the Unimaginable: The Maelstrom Michael Renov 6. Waiting, Hoping, among the Ruins of All the Rest Kaja Silverman 7. The Trace: Framing the Presence of the Past in Free Fall Malin Wahlberg Part III. Other Films/Other Contexts 8. How to Make History Perceptible: The Bartos Family and the Private Hungary series Roger Odin 9. Found Images as Witness to Central European History: A Bibo Reader and Miss Universe 1929 Catherine Portuges 10. Re-envisioning the Documentary Fact: On Saying and Showing in Wittgenstein Tractatus and Bourgeois Dictionaries Tyrus Miller 11. The World Rewound: Wittgenstein Tractatus Whitney Davis 12. Taking the Part for the Whole: Some Thoughts Inspired by the Film Music of Tibor Szemzoe Tamas Koranyi 13. Analytical Spaces: The Installations of Peter Forgacs Laszlo F. Foeldenyi 14. Reorchestrating History: Transforming The Danube Exodus into a Database Documentary Marsha Kinder Acknowledgments Filmography Contributors Index