COMOLLI TECHNIQUE AND IDEOLOGY PDF

It is interesting to note, however, that Ndalianis credits only Gunning, and neither Williams nor Comolli, for the phrase. We have here a working example, then, of the occultation of Comolli as a key figure in the history of film theory. As it were, his influence is thus a frenzy of the invisible. However, just as someone so post-theory friendly as Gunning cites Comolli, maybe one can in fact get beyond the unthinking kneejerk hissy fit and find in his work not just some insights, but many insights that are useful. Here, Comolli is careful to maintain that cinema is not simply ideological, but that it also is a product of other concerns, in particular economic and scientific. That is, like Gunning and other scholars who, with their point of departure often thought to be the International Federation of Film Archives conference in Brighton, England, set out on a journey away from film theory and towards an understanding of cinema based upon rigorous historical analysis, Comolli also has a keen sense of history.

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It is interesting to note, however, that Ndalianis credits only Gunning, and neither Williams nor Comolli, for the phrase. We have here a working example, then, of the occultation of Comolli as a key figure in the history of film theory. As it were, his influence is thus a frenzy of the invisible. However, just as someone so post-theory friendly as Gunning cites Comolli, maybe one can in fact get beyond the unthinking kneejerk hissy fit and find in his work not just some insights, but many insights that are useful.

Here, Comolli is careful to maintain that cinema is not simply ideological, but that it also is a product of other concerns, in particular economic and scientific. That is, like Gunning and other scholars who, with their point of departure often thought to be the International Federation of Film Archives conference in Brighton, England, set out on a journey away from film theory and towards an understanding of cinema based upon rigorous historical analysis, Comolli also has a keen sense of history.

His explanation of the evolution of depth of field — is, for example, detailed to the point of being properly scientific. But nor was it a simple case of economics and technology. Mitry explains the disappearance of deep focus as being linked to a switch from orthochromatic to panchromatic film stock in the s; the latter required different lighting, otherwise various parts of the emulsion of the stock would not be exposed.

This led to the use of lenses with wide apertures and thus shallow depth of field so as not to expose the limitations of the stock, which in turn led to a more fragmentary editing style Pretty convincing stuff. However, as Comolli demonstrates, Mitry does not explain why there was the switch from orthochromatic to panchro- matic film stock, which from the perspective of economics does not even make Book ReviewS sense since the latter posed more problems than made life easier for film-makers when first introduced.

This in turn suggests that a sense of realism drove the innovation: greater fidelity to the colours of the world even if these films were shot in black and white. In other words, Mitry omits Downloaded by [University of Roehampton] at 31 March as part of his explanation the role that the ideology of studio — as opposed to location — film-making played in the evolution of film style. However, should a reader worry that Cinema Against Spectacle is only good for a history of s Parisian film jour- nal bitching, then they should rest assured that this is not the case — for at least two reasons.

Eisenstein and Vsevolod Meyerhold the former allegedly admired the latter, but Pleynet claims that Meyerhold was a Tsarist and thus that Eisenstein could not truly have admired him, a claim that Comolli reveals as inaccurate on several levels; see — Economics is undoubtedly a major factor in this history, while again the ideological underpinnings of control and why it is both desirable for film-makers and pursued remains unaddressed. It is not that Comolli teaches us how to pick fights if one feels the need to insist upon combative metaphors.

It is that Comolli guides us always to look for deeper and more profound levels of understanding. For Comolli, this contemporary absence of thought is linked to the ubiquity of commentary on television; we do not think for ourselves about what we see, but instead are told what to think However, it is not simply that humans are unwilling victims of this process.

With respect to commentary, then, we must similarly want the explanation. However, rather than being an illusion of which we are not aware, it would seem that in the contemporary world, we actively and knowingly seek to hide within the cave, since we prefer its anaesthetic simplicity to the complexity of aesthetic reality. As machines have colonized our time we are always checking email , our gestures the ways in and the speeds at which our bodies move , and our identities I am my job , so, too, have they colonized our dreams: rather than create, I watch, and my ambition is somehow to achieve fame by being a movie star.

References Bordwell, David. Bordwell and N. Carroll, 3— Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Cohen, O. Gunning, Tom. Ndalianis, Angela. Accessed September 14, Smith, Murray. Carroll, — Williams, Linda. Berkeley: University of California Press. William Brown University of Roehampton, London wjrcbrown gmail. On this account, the medium conditions the individual in a variety of operations and draws attention to the ways that the human is also a product of processes of mediation.

Humans do not just do things with technological media, but media initiate a set of actions that are performed by individuals but cannot be solely attributed to them. His revolver does not simply become a prosthesis to his hand, but he becomes the revolver. Consider for instance this passage: I before my revolver facing the quarry I my revolver aimed at my neck. The Finnish scholar Jussi Parikka has significantly contributed to the dissemina- tion of German Media Theory with his writings on Media Archaeology and his interest in exploring the materiality of contemporary media technologies.

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