Haunted Images

Film, Ethics, Testimony, and the Holocaust

Libby Saxton

Wallflower Press

Haunted Images

Pub Date: October 2008

ISBN: 9781905674350

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $28.00£22.00

Pub Date: October 2008

ISBN: 9781905674367

256 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $85.00£70.00

Haunted Images

Film, Ethics, Testimony, and the Holocaust

Libby Saxton

Wallflower Press

Haunted Images takes a close look at a range of treatments of the Holocaust in film, using sustained textual analysis to radically rethink film as a witness to history. Questioning the legitimacy of persistent claims that the Holocaust remains 'unrepresentable', this volume seeks to redefine the singular challenges this event presents to filmmakers, suggesting that filmic representations address the Holocaust as much through what they leave unseen – through silences and ellipses – as through what they visualise directly. Discussing films such as Kapo (1960), Shoah (1985) and Histoire(s) du cinéma (1997), this important new study provides a compelling reading of how European cinema has responded to the particular problems that the Holocaust presents to filmmakers, and suggests compelling fresh insights into the relationship between visual art, cultural trauma and the power of the image.
Highly recommended. Choice

About the Author

Libby Saxton is Lecturer in French and Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the co-editor of Seeing Things: Vision, Perception and Interpretation in French Studies (2002).