The Place of Breath in Cinema

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      Headline: An exploration of the figuring of absence in film.PitchHow can the cinema articulate the interstices between visibility and invisibility, and how are such notions of absence and the unseen implicated in the film experience? This study considers the locus of the breathing body in the film experience and its implications for the study of embodiment in film and sensuous spectatorship. Quinlivan puts forward a mode of critical engagement with film shaped by the foregrounding of the human body in the filmic diegesis and the viewing experience. The book's foregrounding of the human body as an, importantly, breathing body in film, coupled with its fresh engagement with continental philosophy, Post-Structuralist Film Theory and Contemporary Western Cinema, makes a unique and valuable contribution to the field.Key features: • Case studies are taken from the work of major directors, including Cronenberg and von Trier• Key concepts explored are filmic space (air and the elemental in film), corporeality (bodies on screen and the film itself as a breathing body) and inter-subjectivity (community and sociality).• Makes a notable contribution to the study of film sound and haptic perception. Keywords: breathing, embodiment, phenomenology, immateriality, haptic visuality, spatiality, inter-subjectivity, breath, Luce Irigaray, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Lars von Trier, Breathing Body, trauma
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