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The Haunted Image in Friedrich Murnau and Jean Epstein. October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Ghostly Ontologies:
The Haunted Image in Friedrich Murnau and Jean Epstein

Thursday, October 22, at 4:00pm
InFlux Gallery, Regis Center for Art (East)

Free and open to the public


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Are images haunted? Join Prof. Tom Gunning for a pre-Halloween cinematic séance as he explores the preternatural power that photography and cinema exert over nature and human imagination. Through the work of two visionaries of silent cinema, Murnau and Epstein, Gunning will investigate how cinema can go beyond representation and speak of the otherworldly.

Tom Gunning is Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Art History, and Cinema and Media Studies, at the University of Chicago.

He is a specialist of early and silent cinema, avant-garde cinema, modernist aesthetics, with wide interests ranging from visual culture to historiography and spectatorship studies, from American and French auteurs to Japanese cinema, and from film theory to photography and optical culture. With André Gaudreault he developed the influential concept of ‘the cinema of attractions” that reoriented film studies over the last thirty years from narrower models of movies as artistic artifacts to a more encompassing purview of film experiencing within embodied, cultural and material contexts. He has published monographs on Griffith and Fritz Lang, over one hundred and twenty essays, articles, and chapters, and co-edited several collections and exhibition catalogs. His latest book, co-authored with Giovanna Fossati is titled Fantasia of Colors in Early Cinema. Recently, he has collaborated with director Travis Preston on a play titled Fantômas: Revenge of the Image at the Calarts Center for New Performance in Southern California. It is no exaggeration to say that professor Gunning is one of the key shapers and movers of contemporary international film studies.

This talk is cosponsored by the Department of French and Italian, the Graduate Minor in Moving Image Studies, the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and the Moving Image Department of the Walker Arts Center.

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