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The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses

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Memories that evoke the physical awareness of touch, smell, and bodily presence can be vital links to home for people living in diaspora from their culture of origin. How can filmmakers working between cultures use cinema, a visual medium, to transmit that physical sense of place and culture? In The Skin of the Film Laura U. Marks offers an answer, building on the theories ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 19th 2000 by Duke University Press Books (first published March 1999)
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Aloysius
Dec 13, 2009 rated it liked it
A pivotal text in the study of the senses in visual culture. (Another recent addition to a growing sub-field being Jennifer Barker's "The Tactile Eye".) One of the great things about Marks' book - for me anyways - is that she provides a really handy introduction to the idea of haptic visuality, a key point of departure for much contemporary thinking about embodied modes of reception; trying to plough through Riegl, who first broached the haptic/optic dialectic, is not a very productive exercise ...more
Travis Wagner
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This work has some really useful points of reference, but it often gets bogged down in repeating its theoretical ideas ad nauseam. Though this is hardly entirely to blame on Marks since she is using Deleuze, one does wonder what use such theory has if it needs so much situating.
Ayanna Dozier
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book after the third chapter I did wonder how many ways one can go about defining and sensing memory in film. On a side note, Marks' argument falls apart when you remove sight from the equation (Marks' even notes that sound is not really accounted for in her book). Beyond that Marks' offers a generous way of exploring Intercultural cinema in theory. For Marks, and myself, Intercultural cinema is The example to use if one wants to discuss Deleuze's conception of ...more
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