Book: The Lumière Galaxy

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The Lumière Galaxy: Seven Key Words for the Cinema to Come

Francesco Casetti, the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies

(Columbia University Press)

The author believes new media technologies are producing an exciting new era in cinema aesthetics. Whether we experience film in the theater, on our hand-held devices, in galleries and museums, onboard and in flight, cinema continues to alter our habits and excite our imaginations.

Casetti travels from the remote corners of film history and theory to sites on the Internet and in our cities to prove the ongoing relevance of cinema. He does away with traditional notions of canon, repetition, apparatus, and spectatorship in favor of new keywords, including expansion, relocation, assemblage, and performance. The result is an understanding of cinema’s place in our lives and culture, along with a sea-change in the study of the art. The more the nature of cinema transforms, Casetti contends, the more it discovers its own identity.

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