Real Objects in Unreal Situations

Modern Art in Fiction Films

Susan Felleman

Susan Felleman

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

168 pages | 16 color plates, 34 halftones | 7 x 9
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781783202508 Will Publish September 2014
Real Objects in Unreal Situations is a lucid account of a much neglected subject in art and cinema studies: the material significance of the art object incorporated into the fiction film. By examining the historical, political, and personal realities that situate the art works, Susan Felleman offers an incisive account of how they operate not as objects but as powerful players within the films, thereby exceeding the narrative function of mere props, copies, pastiches, or reproductions. The book consists of a series of interconnected case studies of movies, including Pride & Prejudice, The Trouble with Harry, and The Player, ultimately showing that when real art works enter into fiction films, they embody themes and discourses in a way that other objects often cannot. 
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