Author Archive for: ‘Lauren Bliss’

The Cinematic Life of the Gene

Jackie Stacey, The Cinematic Life of the Gene. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-0822345077 US$23.95 (pb) 328pp (Review copy supplied by Duke University Press) Jackie Stacey’s book forms part of a new wave of cinema criticism which investigates the representation of medical imaging technology and scientific discourse in popular and avant-garde production. It is a fascinating area …

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Ten Fingers and Nine Toes: Embodied Representations of Pregnancy in Avant-Garde Cinema

Agnès Varda’s 1958 short L’Opéra Mouffe (Diary of a Pregnant Woman) is a provocative investigation into Varda’s personal response to her first pregnancy with her daughter Rosalie. This sixteen minute black-and-white piece, produced at the dawn of the French nouvelle vague, offers a poetically emphatic insight into Varda’s reflections upon her own physicality and sexuality. The development of her body …

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Post-Classical Cinema: An International Poetics of Film Narration

Eleftheria Thanouli, Post-Classical Cinema: An International Poetics of Film Narration. London: Wallflower Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-906660-09-3 Au$44.95 (pb) 224pp Review copy supplied by Wallflower Press. Eleftheria Thanouli opens her book with an apology for its subject and a rather decisive statement: “In some ways it is easier to observe the peculiarities of a German silent film from the 1910s than …

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