The Paradox of Cinema (lecture)
Until the arrival of cinema the distinction between poetry as a strictly temporal art and painting as a strictly spatial art was dominant in artistic discourse. Cinema, however, redefines the categorization of art as it can be regarded as both a temporal and spatial art form. But what is exactly cinema if it is not poetry nor painting? Is it an art at all? In this lecture Dr. Peter Verstraten will investigate the status of cinema as an art form: Through the specific study of Jean Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965 – IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/
• Can cinema be considered an art form at all?
• How was with the arrival of cinema the nature of art rethought?
• Is cinema a mass art (according to Alain Badiou)?
In the lecture Peter Verstraten will attempt to answer these questions and establish a discussion with the attendees.
––– About the Lecturer –––
Dr. Peter Verstraten is an Assistant Professor as well as chair of Film and Literary Studies at the University of Leiden. He has published several books ranging from Film Narratology (2009) to Shooting time: Conversation on Cinematography (2012). In these books he investigates the narrative techniques employed in cinema and the evolution of film through the technological developments of photography respectively.
His areas of research include Psychoanalysis and film, word-image relations and modernism and postmodernism in cinema.
You can find a more complete bibliography in his personal page: http://
Don’t miss out this opportunity to listen, discuss and reflect about cinema and its multiple expressions!
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