Jean Epstein
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Jean Epstein

By Sarah Keller
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Filmmaker and theoretician Jean Epstein profoundly influenced film practice, criticism and reception in France during the 1920s and well beyond. His work not only forms the crux of the debates of his time, but also remains key to understanding later developments in film practice and theory. Epstein's film criticism is among the most wide-ranging, provocative and poetic writing about cinema and his often breathtaking films offer insights into cinema and the experience of modernity.This collection - the first comprehensive study in English of Epstein's far-reaching influence - arrives as several of the concerns most central to Epstein's work are being reexamined, including theories of perception, realism, and the relationship between cinema and other arts. The volume also includes new translations from every major theoretical work Epstein published, presenting the widest possible historical and contextual range of Epstein's work, from his beginnings as a biology student and literary critic to his late film projects and posthumously published writings.

Filmmaker en -theoreticus Jean Epstein beïnvloedde sterk de filmpraktijk, -kritiek en -receptie in Frankrijk en ver daarbuiten tijdens de jaren twintig van de vorige eeuw. Zijn werk vormde niet alleen de kern van de debatten in die tijd, maar is ook een sleutel voor het begrijpen van latere ontwikkelingen in de filmpraktijk en -theorie. Epsteins filmkritieken zijn uiteenlopende, uitdagende en poëtisch geschreven teksten, en zijn vaak adembenemende films bieden belangrijke en moderne inzichten in de cinema. Dit boek verschijnt op het moment dat een aantal van de thema's die centraal staan in het werk van Epstein opnieuw wordt onderzocht, met inbegrip van de theorie van de waarneming, realisme en de relatie tussen cinema en de andere kunsten. De kritische essays vormen een waardevolle inleiding tot het creatieve oeuvre van Epstein.

Table of Contents
  • Jean Epstein
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Essays
    • Epstein’s Photogénie as Corporeal Vision: Inner Sensation, Queer Embodiment, and Ethics
    • Novelty and Poiesis in the Early Writings of Jean Epstein
    • The Cinema of the Kaleidoscope
    • Distance is [Im]material: Epstein Versus Etna
    • “The Supremacy of the MathematicalPoem”: Jean Epstein’s Conceptions of Rhythm
    • The “Microscope of Time”: Slow Motionin Jean Epstein’s Writings
    • A Different Nature
    • Cinema Seen from the Seas: Epstein and the Oceanic
    • A Temporal Perspective: Jean Epstein’s Writings on Technology and Subjectivity
    • Ultra-Modern: Jean Epstein, or Cinema“Serving the Forces of Transgressionand Revolt”
    • Thoughts on Photogénie Plastique
  • Translations
    • Introduction: Epstein’s Writings
    • La Poésie d’aujourd’hui, un nouvel état d’intelligence
    • Bonjour Cinéma
    • La Lyrosophie
    • Le Cinématographe vu de l’Etna
    • L’intelligence d’une machine
    • Le Cinéma du diable
  • Later Works
    • Esprit de cinéma
  • Late Articles
  • Alcool et cinéma
  • Afterword: Reclaiming Jean Epstein
  • Filmography
  • Select Bibliography
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index of Names
  • Index of Films and Major Writings by Jean Epstein
  • Index of Films
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