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Film and Geography

  • By: Chris Lukinbeal
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

While interest in film geography can be traced to various authors from the mid 20th century (notably, Eugen Wirth in Germany, J. K. Wright in the United States, and Roger Manvell in the United Kingdom), it was not until the 1980s and early 1990s that a sustained geographic engagement with film occurred. Film is not a re-presentation of reality but, rather, is constituted by the industrial practices, social relations, sites, and technologies that produce these cultural products. Film produces a reality effect (a plausible representation of the world that leaves an impression of authenticity) that re-visions, resists, and engages naturalized assumptions of what constitutes reality. Film geographies work to expose these naturalized assumptions, or cultural beliefs that are passed off as natural givens.

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