Sarah Kozloff (Vassar College)
When Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault proclaimed the ‘death of the
author’ nearly fifty years ago, they did so in the name of freedom. They
could never have foreseen that its indiscriminate embrace by many film
theorists would turn the anti-authorship stance into a restrictive
orthodoxy. Sarah Kozloff daringly advocates a new paradigm, a theory of
film authorship that takes into account flesh-and-blood filmmakers,
including their biographies, their intentions and their collaborations.
Building upon scholarship by Noël Carroll, Paisley Livingstone, Robert
Carringer and Paul Sellors, Kozloff argues that we watch films in large
part to feel a sense of communion with the people behind them. Writing
with clarity and verve, Kozloff moves gracefully back and forth between
film history and film theory. She offers an extended examination of The
Red Kimona (1925) in order to demonstrate how knowledge about the people
who created this intriguing early feminist movie can change a viewer’s
interpretation. She also weaves in the voices of numerous filmmakers,
revealing these artists’ thoughtful intentionality.
Paperback: 56 pages
Publisher: Caboose;1ST edition (2012)
Product Dimensions: 5.5” x 8.5
Published in Canada
Caboose is an independent publisher
of books about film located in Montreal, Canada. Caboose publishes a
small number of innovative books each year on topics related to film
theory, history and criticism. They are often collaborative in nature
and create whole new fields of enquiry and modes of discussion of
interest to specialists and general readers alike.
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