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Cinema in the Digital Age

Nicholas Rombes

June, 2009
Cloth, 224 pages,
ISBN: 978-1-905674-86-2
Wallflower Press
$80.00 / £55.00

Does the digital era spell the death of cinema as we know it? Or is it merely heralding its rebirth? Are we witnessing the emergence of something entirely new? Cinema in the Digital Age examines the fate of cinema in this new era, paying special attention to the technologies that are reshaping film and their cultural impact. Examining Festen (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Timecode (2000), Russian Ark (2002), The Ring (2002), among others, this volume explores how these films are haunted by their analogue past and suggests that their signature element are their deliberate imperfections, whether those take the form of blurry or pixilated images, shakey camera work, or other elements reminding viewers of the human hand guiding the camera. Weaving together a rich variety of sources, Cinema in the Digital Age provides a deeply humanistic look at the meaning of cinematic images in the era of digital perfection.

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About the Author

Nicholas Rombes is chair of the English Department at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is the author of The Ramones (2005) and editor of New Punk Cinema (2005), as well as a contributor of numerous articles on cinema and culture.

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