Passionate detachments : technologies of vision and violence in American cinema, 1967-1974 / Amy Rust
- Rust, Amy, 1974-
- Albany : State University of New York Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xv, 191 pages ; 24 cm.
- The SUNY Series, Horizons of Cinema
- Introduction: The logic of film violence, or, figuring the sense in sensation -- A parallax view: the violent synchrony of multiple-speed montage -- Violence incarnate: squibs, artificial blood, and wounds that speak -- Hitting the "vérité jackpot": the ecstatic profits of freeze-framed violence -- Extraction and exchange: the zoom and environmental intension -- Conclusion: Passionate detachments.
- Passionate Detachments" investigates the rise of graphic violence in American films of the late 1960s and early 1970s and the popular aesthetics and critical responses this violence inspired. Amy Rust examines four technologies adopted by commercial American cinema after the fall of the Hollywood Production Code: multiple-camera montage, squibs (small explosive devices) and artificial blood, freeze-frames, and zooms. Approaching these technologies as figures, as opposed to mere tools, Rust traces the encounters they mediate between perception (what one sees, hears, and feels) and representation (how those sights, sounds, and feelings make meaning). These technologies, she argues, lend shape to film violence while organizing viewers? on- and off-screen relationships to it. The result proves meaningful for an era self-consciously and perilously preoccupied with bloodshed. The post-Code period found Americans across the political spectrum demanding visual - and increasingly violent - demonstrations of presumably?authentic? realities. Corroborating fantasies of authenticity from military to counterculture, these technologies challenge them as well, pointing, however unwittingly, to the violently classed, gendered, and racialized blind spots such fantasies harbor. More broadly, the technologies answer concerns that films control violence too much or too little. Offering neither mere discoursenor mere thrills, they recover sense and sensation for all, not some, or even most, depictions of bloodshed.
- 9781438465395 hardcover ; alkaline paper
1438465394 hardcover ; alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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