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Cinema in the Digital Age [Paperback]

Nicholas Rombes
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June 2, 2009 1905674856 978-1905674855 1

Does the digital era spell the death of cinema as we know it? Or is it merely heralding its rebirth? Are we witnessing the emergence of something entirely new? Cinema in the Digital Age examines the fate of cinema in this new era, paying special attention to the technologies that are reshaping film and their cultural impact. Examining Festen (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Timecode (2000), Russian Ark (2002), The Ring (2002), among others, this volume explores how these films are haunted by their analogue past and suggests that their signature element are their deliberate imperfections, whether those take the form of blurry or pixilated images, shakey camera work, or other elements reminding viewers of the human hand guiding the camera. Weaving together a rich variety of sources, Cinema in the Digital Age provides a deeply humanistic look at the meaning of cinematic images in the era of digital perfection.

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Clearly demonstrating the mainstreaming, permanence, and legitimacy of digital cinema, which was once considered avant-garde, this book is a must read for students of film and new media.



Cinema in the Digital Age is mandatory reading for any media theorist.... [it] should remain on your desk between Barthes's Camera Lucida and Manovich's The Language of New Media.... Rombes pumps out an unabashed humanist manifesto, finding beauty in the dirt and noise that resist the cleanliness of digital culture.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905674856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905674855
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicholas Rombes is a theorist and fiction writer, and is Chair of the English Department at the University of Detroit Mercy. His books include Cinema in the Digital Age (Columbia University Press, 2009; new expanded edition forthcoming), A Cultural Dictionary of Punk (Bloomsbury, 2009), Ramones, volume #20 in the acclaimed 33 1/3 music series (Bloomsbury, 2005), and The Blue Velvet Project. His book 10/40/70 is forthcoming from Zero Books. He publishes fiction and disguised theory at 3:AM Magazine, The Believer, Berfrois, Fiddleblack, and The Rumpus.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A new Bazin for Digital Cinema September 9, 2012
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Books goes over what digital means as it changes the "language" of the film. Starts of with the concept of sampling and error, I think he did a great job here. Middle gets a bit muddled (other the book would get a 5 stars). End pulls things together, especially with the integration of time (i.e. kind of like Eisenstien meets Einstein meets Tarkovsky in a digital virtual world). Well worth the read, and probably the most comprehensive view on how digital is changing the film experience on a virtual and physical level.
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