Color and Empathy

Color and Empathy

Essays on Two Aspects of Film

  • Author: Brinckmann, Christine
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • Serie: Film Culture in Transition
  • ISBN: 9789089646569
  • eISBN Pdf: 9789048523269
  • Place of publication:  Amsterdam , Netherlands
  • Year of digital publication: 2014
  • Month: December
  • Pages: 282
  • DDC: 791
  • Language: English
The collection of essays brings together texts from two decades, documenting two of the author's ongoing areas of interest: the poetics of colour in film as well as affective viewer responses. Employing a bottom-up approach as a basis for theoretical exploration, each of the essays concentrates on a particular film or a number of related films to come to terms with a set of issues. These include the differences between black-and-white and color works, the emergence of bold chromatic schemes in the 1950s, experimental aesthetics of color negative stock, idiosyncratic uses of colour, idiosyncratic uses of motor mimicry, genre-specific reactions to the documentary, and empathetic reactions to animals and to architecture in film.
  • Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Cinematic Color as Likeness and as Artifact
  • Chords of Color
  • The Tension of Colors in Colorized Silent Films
  • Structural Film, Structuring Color: Jenny Okun’s Still Life
  • Desert Fury: A Film Noir in Color
  • The Work of the Camera: Beau travail
  • Empathy with the Animal
  • Motor Mimicry in Hitchcock
  • Abstraction and Empathy in the Early German Avant-garde
  • The Role of Empathy in Documentary Film: A Case Study
  • Genre Conflict in Tracey Emin’s Top Spot
  • Viewer Empathy and Mosaic Structure in Frederick Wiseman’s Primate
  • Casta Diva: An Empathetic Reading
  • Publication Data
  • Index of Films
  • Index of Subjects



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