New PDF release: Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

By Peter Szendy,Samuel Weber,Will Bishop

ISBN-10: 0823264807

ISBN-13: 9780823264803

ISBN-10: 0823264815

ISBN-13: 9780823264810

Apocalypse-cinema is not just the top of time that has so frequently been staged as spectacle in movies like 2012, The Day After the next day, and The Terminator. via taking a look at blockbusters that play with basic annihilation whereas additionally paying shut consciousness to motion pictures like Melancholia, Cloverfield, Blade Runner, and Twelve Monkeys, this ebook means that within the apocalyptic style, movie gnaws at its personal limit.

Apocalypse-cinema is, whilst and with an analogous double blow, the tip of the realm and the top of the movie. it's the consummation and the (self-)consumption of cinema, within the type of an acinema that Lyotard evoked because the nihilistic horizon of filmic economic system. The innumerable countdowns, magnificent radiations, freeze-overs, and seismic cracks and crevices are yet different names and pretexts for staging movie itself, with its economic system of time and its rewinds, its overexposed photographs and fades to white, its freeze-frames and electronic touch-ups.

The apocalyptic style is not only one style between others: It performs with the very stipulations of danger of cinema. And it bears witness to the truth that, whenever, in each movie, what Jean-Luc Nancy referred to as the cine-world is uncovered at the verge of disappearing.

In a Postface particularly written for the English version, Szendy extends his argument right into a debate with speculative materialism. Apocalypse-cinema, he argues, publicizes itself as cinders that query the “ultratestimonial” constitution of the filmic gaze. The cine-eye, he argues, eludes the correlationism and anthropomorphic constitution that speculative materialists have put less than critique, permitting purely the ashes it bears to be heard.

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