'Film Cultures is thought-provoking and challenging. By opening film theory up to the many simultaneous networks of relation (that is, the cultures) of film, it asks both viewer and student to take film more seriously' - Communication Research Trends `Film Cultures weaves together insights from cultural theory and film studies to provide a complex and absorbing theoretical account of contemporary film culture. Harbord writes with authority, imagination and wit and her delicate deployment of modernist and postmodernist cultural accounts makes rewarding reading' - Christine Geraghty, Professor of Film and Television, University of Glasgow Film Cultures argues that our tastes for film connect us to social, spatial and temporal networks of exchange and meaning. Whether we view film in the multiplex, arthouse or the gallery, as cinema premiere, video hire or from a cable channel, whether we approach film as a singular object or a hypertext linked to ancillary products, our relationship to film is inhabiting a culture. Shifting the focus of film analysis from the text to paths of circulation, Film Cultures questions how film connects us to social status, and national and global affiliations.

Spatial Effects: Film Cultures and Sites of Exhibition

Spatial Effects: Film Cultures and Sites of Exhibition
Spatial effects: Film cultures and sites of exhibition

A century on from its inception, the public, institutionally organized collective spaces to view film within Europe are the multiplex cinema, the independent arthouse cinema and the art gallery.1 These diverse institutional locations offer different experiences of film, locating it within diverse histories and socio-cultural networks. If, in the early part of the twentieth century, film appeared to offer a multiplicity of possibilities (of political transformation, of bodily pleasure, of an imbrication of art and life), a century later the institutional locations on offer represent a radical paring down of those possibilities.

It might be argued in response to the framing of these three various sites of film cultures that the ...

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