Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089645517 Published August 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089645159 Will Publish October 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Improvising Cinema

Gilles Mouëllic

Gilles Mouëllic

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

200 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089645517 Published August 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089645159 Will Publish October 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
 

This spirited volume explores the history and diversity of improvisation in the cinema, including works by Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, and Nobuhiro Suwa. Gilles Mouëllic examines improvisational practices that can be specifically attributed to the cinema and argues in favors of their powers as instigators of unprecedented forms of expression. Improvising Cinema reflects both on the permanence of attempting improvisation and the relationship between technology and aesthetics. Mouëllic concludes preservation becomes even more invaluable in the case of improvisation, as the creative act exists only within the brief time span of the performance. 

Contents
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
1. Writing and improvisation
 
A selection of models and their limitations
 
Emptiness or overflow
 
Writing the unpredictable
 
The script as matter
 
2. Creation in action
 
A collective adventure
 
Renoir and the actor, Rossellini and the world
 
On the fringes of the New Wave
 
3. The influence of Jean Rouch
 
Godard as improviser?
 
Fabulation and improvisation
 
Ritual and overflow in the cinema of Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
 
Improvised tangents: from documentary to fiction
 
4. Acting cinema
 
The body filmed, the body filming
 
Disinhibition in focus: play
 
Disinhibition in focus : dance
 
Improvising/sculpting: Un couple parfait, by Nobuhiro Suwa
 
5. The temptation of theatre
 
A seminal stalemate
 
Theatricalities
 
Montages
 
6. The rules of the game
 
Directing from the inside: the director and actor
 
Directing from the inside: delegations
 
Rohmer and directing actors: a model of improvisation?
 
7. Filming jazz
 
City rhythms: modern jazz in films noirs
 
More pointers from the small screen
 
John Coltrane, in the frame
 
An experiment in collective improvisation: Quatre jours à Ocooe by Pascale Ferran
 
Conclusion
 
Notes
 
Bibliography
 
Index Of Names
 
Index Of Films
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