Fields of View - Film, Art and Spectatorship


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Drawing on film theory, literary modernism, psychology and art history, Fields of View elucidates an expanded network of connections between avant-garde film and wider culture. In this bold and original work, A.L. Rees identifies three key terms - 'field', 'frame' and 'interval' and charts their use by filmmakers and theorists such as Dziga Vertov, Sergei Eisenstein, Bruce Baillie, Maya Deren, Malcolm Le Grice and Werner Nekes, from the 1920s through to the present day. A seminal voice in film culture, Rees left the incomplete manuscript for this book on his death, and Simon Payne has subsequently carefully prepared the book for publication. Fields of View is an important work that establishes a unique perspective on experimental film.

Table of contents:

  • Foreword: Harvesting Fields
  • Acknowledgements
  • Fields
  • Film Machine
  • Film as Optic and Idea
  • Expanding Cinema
  • Room Films
  • Film Objects
  • Projection Space
  • Time Frames
  • Realisms
  • Asymptote
  • Digital Dialectic
  • Fields in Braque and Gehr
  • Classic Film Theory and the Spectator
  • Field and Gestalt
  • Monet, Lumière and Cinematic Time
  • Displacement, Sculpture
  • Bodies in Motion
  • Intervals
  • Methods of Montage
  • Frames
  • Frames and Windows
  • Constructivism and Computers
  • Geometry of Intervals
  • Notes

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A.L. Rees, Simon Payne (ed.)


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Thursday, October 29, 2020