Improvising Cinema

Gilles Mouëllic

Improvising Cinema
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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
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. 
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
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
Index Of Names
Index Of Films
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