European Modernist Cinemas and Cultures of Imperialism
Subjects: Film History
This is the first book to study representations of the non-Western world in European modernist cinema. In offering new perspectives on the history of Soviet montage cinema and on the British documentary movement, it connects with the growing body of work analysing manifestations of orientalism, Eurocentrism and colonial discourse in the cinema.
The book integrates theoretical discussion and textual analysis with primary source historical research, particularly into film reception. The case studies question received understandings of European film history, and offer new insights into canonical films already familiar to many readers.
It is the first book length study of the subject and includes new insights into Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Eisenstein's October and the Griersonian Documentary as well as 'forgotten' films of the period. It is a useful teaching aid, with detailed analyses of films taught on most film studies courses
Contents: Part 1: European modernist cinemas and Eurocentric modernity; the European cinematic metropolis and its others. Part 2: montage, modernity and ethnicity; Kino-eye's global vision; "Storm over Asia", Russia, England; the British documentary film movement's enlightened imperialism; receptions of empire in 1930s British film culture; conclusions.
‘the book’s inquiry into ethnic representations of imperial cinemas of modernism is a welcome and impressive contribution to the field. Its analyses are thorough and thought-provoking, and in many instances constitute a truly original way of looking at these films.’
Alternative Empires: European Modernist Cinemas and Cultures of Imperialism
(Quarterly Review of Film and Video 20:237-245, 2003)
“Stollery’s exciting project…is a welcome and impressive contribution to the field. Its analyses are thorough and thought-provoking, and in many instances constitute a truly original way of looking at these films.”
(Quarterly Review of Film and Video 20:3, July-September 2003.)
Martin Stollery is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Faculty of Media, Arts and Society at Southampton Institute. His other books include York Film Notes: Lawrence of Arabia (York Press, 2000) and Youssef Chahine's L'Émigré (Flicks Books, 2000). He is co-author with Roy Perkins of The British Film Editor (BFI).
New Titles List
Exeter Studies in Film History
- 'Film Europe' And 'Film America' - Cinema, Commerce and Cultural Exchange 1920-1939
- Alternative Empires - European Modernist Cinemas and Cultures of Imperialism
- Alternative Film Culture in Interwar Britain
- The Big Show - British Cinema Culture in the Great War (1914-1918)
- British Cinema and Middlebrow Culture in the Interwar Years
- Charles Urban - Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 - 1925
- A Chorus Of Raspberries - British Film Comedy 1929-1939
- Going to the Movies - Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema
- The Great Art Of Light And Shadow - Archaeology of the Cinema
- Hollywood, Westerns And The 1930S - The Lost Trail
- Legitimate Cinema - Theatre Stars in Silent British Films, 1908-1918
- Marketing Modernity - Victorian Popular Shows and Early Cinema
- Multimedia Histories - From Magic Lanterns to Internet
- Parallel Tracks - The Railroad and Silent Cinema
- A Paul Rotha Reader
- Popular Filmgoing in 1930s Britain - A Choice of Pleasures
- Reading the Cinematograph - The Cinema in British Short Fiction, 1896-1912
- The World According To Hollywood,1918-1939
- Young And Innocent? - The Cinema in Britain, 1896-1930