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  1. Black Bodies, White Subjects : Modernist Authenticities and Anxieties in the Avant-Garde Film Borderline

    QuellenartElektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Aufsätze aus Zeitschriften / Sammelbänden>>
    UrheberKnewitz, Simone
    Verleger University <Edinburgh>
    Umfang 12 S.
    Schlagworte FWFilmanalyse; Filmtheorie; Stummfilm
    Freie Schlagworte FW Borderline <Film, 1930>
    Beschreibung "In one of the early scenes in the silent movie Borderline (1930), we see the barmaid (played
    by Charlotte Arthur), a supporting character and the one most closely associated with sensual
    pleasures, dance joyously and narcissistically to the tunes of the pianist. Striking is the way
    the barmaid's dance is presented: the images are insistently fragmentary. The camera does not
    linger on the body of the barmaid, refusing to offer it to the voyeuristic gaze of the viewer.
    Instead, we see only bodily fragments, which are moreover intercut with images of the bar
    manager speaking on the telephone, the pianist's fingers hitting the keys of the piano almost
    frantically, and a glass of water balancing dangerously on the edge of a table. The latter is
    particularly dramatized by the camera's low-angle perspective. Arthur's body appears
    grotesque, with fast cuts and different camera angles increasing this sense of dislocation. The
    scene gains much of its drama through its heavy use of close-ups and the rapid intercutting of
    these different images. One may even perceive this montage itself as a dance of images, as the
    movie here is continuously in motion, giving the viewer's eyes no rest and no unified focus.
    I am pointing to this scene because it seems pivotal both for the concerns of the movie
    and the modernist movement it is a part of. Staging the barmaid's dance this way, the movie
    plays with ideas of wholeness and fragmentation, an opposition which is important to early
    cinema." (Information des Anbieters)
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturThe Body in Avant-Garde Cinema; Sensation and Expression in Borderline; The Authenticity of the Black Male Body; Modernist Authenticities and Anxieties; Notes; Works Cited
    Themen FWFilm>>Biographie, Filmgeschichte; Film>>Theorie, Methodik, Didaktik; Film>>Künstlerische Filmgattungen; Film>>Einzelne Filme (Sekundärliteratur)
    RVK FWAP 44600; AP 45000; AP 45100; AP 45200; AP 45400; AP 54000; AP 59800
    DDC FWPhilosophie, Theorie, Ästhetik; Historische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung
    geographischer BezugBehandlung nach Gebieten, Regionen, Orten im Allgemeinen>>
    zeitlicher Bezugzeitlich übergreifend / unabhängig>>
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    Anmerkungen zur RessourceForum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, Spring 2011