Empty Moments: Cinema, Modernity, and Drift (Hardback)Leo Charney (author)
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Empty Moments creates a catalytic dialogue among those who, at the time of the invention of film, attempted to define the experience of the fleeting present. Interspersing philosophical discussions with stylistically innovative prose, Charney mingles Proust's conception of time/memory with Cubism's attempt to interpret time through perspective and Surrealism's exploration of subliminal representations of the present. Other topics include Husserl's insistence that the present can only be fantasy or fabrication and the focus on impossibility, imperfection, and loss in Kelvin's laws of thermodynamics. Ultimately, Charney's work hints at parallels among such examples, the advent and popularity of cinema, and early film theory.
A book with a structural modernity of its own, Empty Moments will appeal to those interested in cinema and its history, as well as to other historians, philosophers, literary, and cultural scholars of modernity.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 20 mm
"Elegant and interesting, Empty Moments will be widely and quickly recognized as a distinguished and important book."-Ross Chambers, University of Michigan