Film Landscapes: Cinema, Environment and Visual Culture

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This book brings together critical and theoretical essays examining the connections between films and landscapes. It showcases the work of established and emerging academics whose research probes the complex relationships between moving images and the filmed environment, and accounts for the impactful effects of viewing lived spaces and human places on screen. The essays in this collection actively engage with examples of contemporary popular and art cinema, genre films and auteur canon, historical films, propaganda, documentary and animation in their exploration of the meanings with which filmed landscapes are endowed and invested. The breadth of the study is matched by the depth of the interest, with writers here approaching the subject of film landscapes as critics, as film practitioners and as teachers of film studies and film making. Film Landscapes gives voice a great many ideas, and includes coverage of a great many films; but it also points forward to ways in which we might revisit discussions of the environments of film and consider ways in which history and creativity, critical understanding and the interaction of human beings and place could be reconsidered and revised to produce new insights.

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Graeme Harper is Professor and Director of The Honors College at Oakland University, Michigan, USA. He is an Honorary Professor in the UK, and has been a research review panelist at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), JISC, and at the EU Commission's Education and Culture Directorate. He is also a creative writer and journal editor and a former winner of the Australian National Book Council Award for New Fiction. In the area of Film Studies, he is currently working on a chapter about Maya Deren and contemporary ideals of authorship. Jonathan Rayner is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sheffield, School of English. His research interests span Australasian Cinema, genre criticism, auteur studies, cinema and landscape, and naval history on film. His publications include: The Films of Peter Weir (Continuum, 1998/2003), Contemporary Australian Cinema (Manchester, 2000), The Naval War Film: Genre, History, National Cinema (Manchester 2007) and Cinema and Landscape (Intellect, 2010), edited with Graeme Harper.

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