By Nicholas Rombes

ISBN-10: 178279140X

ISBN-13: 9781782791409

In an period of swift transformation from analog to electronic, how will we write approximately cinema in ways in which are as clean, outstanding, and demanding because the top movies are? In 10/40/70 Nicholas Rombes proposes one daring threat: pause a movie on the 10, forty, and 70-minute mark and write concerning the frames handy, it doesn't matter what they're. this technique of constraint—by taking out selection and foreclosing on authorial intention—allows the movie itself to dictate the phrases of its research free of the tyranny of predetermined interpretation. encouraged by means of Roland Barthes’s inspiration of the “third meaning” and its specialise in the movie body as a picture that's neither a photo nor a relocating snapshot, Rombes assumes the position of photo detective, looking out the frames for clues not just concerning the movies themselves—drawn from a variety of genres and time periods—but the very stipulations in their lifestyles within the electronic age.

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