Slow Movies

Countering the Cinema of Action

Ira Jaffe

Wallflower Press

Slow Movies

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Pub Date: March 2014

ISBN: 9780231169790

256 Pages

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Slow Movies

Countering the Cinema of Action

Ira Jaffe

Wallflower Press

"In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility," Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as much as motion. Slow Movies investigates movies by acclaimed international directors who in the past three decades have challenged mainstream cinema's reliance on motion and action. More than other realist art cinema, slow movies by Lisandro Alonso, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pedro Costa, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Gus Van Sant and others radically adhere to space-times in which emotion is repressed along with motion; editing and dialogue yield to stasis and contemplation; action surrenders to emptiness if not death.
Superb... A brilliant writer, Jaffe deftly... [gives] the reader a window into a much wider world of cinema. Yet another excellent film book from Wallflower Press... commands the reader's attention. Choice
Introduction
Deadpan: Stranger Than Paradise, Deadman and The Second Circle
Stillness: Elephant and Mother and Son
Long Shot: Distant and Climates
Wait Time: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Safe
Drift and Resistance: Liverpool and Ossos
Death-Drive, Life-Drive: A Talking Picture, Taste of Cherry, Five Dedicated to Ozu and Still Life
Rebellion's Limits: The Turin Horse, Werckmeister Harmonies and 12:08 East of Bucharest
Notes
Index

Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

About the Author

Ira Jaffe is founder and former chair of the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico. He is author of Hollywood Hybrids: Mixing Genres in Contemporary Films (2008) and co-editor of Redirecting the Gaze: Gender, Theory and Cinema in the Third World (1999).