Rites of Realism shifts the dialogue of cinematic realism clear of the standard specialize in verisimilitude and faithfulness of list towards a proposal of "performative realism," a realism that doesn't easily signify a given fact yet enacts genuine social tensions. those essays via a variety of movie students suggest stimulating new ways to the serious review of contemporary realist movies and such referential genres as reenactment, old movie, variation, portrait movie, and documentary.
By delivering shut readings of vintage and modern works, Rites of Realism signals the necessity to go back to a spotlight on movies because the major innovators of realist illustration. the gathering is galvanized by way of André Bazin’s theories on film’s inherent heterogeneity and special skill to check in contingency (the singular, one-time event).
This quantity good points new translations: of Bazin’s seminal essay "Death each Afternoon" and Serge Daney’s essay reinterpreting Bazin’s security of the lengthy shot to be able to set the level for a conflict or dicy war of words among guy and animal. those items evince key concerns—particularly the hyperlink among cinematic realism and contingency—that the opposite essays discover further.
Among the themes addressed are the provocative mimesis of Luis Buñuel’s Land with no Bread; the difference of trial records in Carl Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc; using the tableaux vivant via Wim Wenders and Peter Greenaway; and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s suggestions of analogy in his transposition of The Gospel in keeping with St. Matthew from Palestine to southern Italy. Essays think of the paintings of filmmakers together with Michelangelo Antonioni, Maya Deren, Mike Leigh, Cesare Zavattini, Zhang Yuan, and Abbas Kiarostami.
Contributors: Paul Arthur, André Bazin, Mark A. Cohen, Serge Daney, Mary Ann Doane, James Lastra, Ivone Margulies, Abe Mark Normes, Brigitte Peucker, Richard Porton, Philip Rosen, Catherine Russell, James Schamus, Noa Steimatsky, Xiaobing Tang [b]