Academic journal article Film & History

Screening Nature: Cinema beyond the Human

Academic journal article Film & History

Screening Nature: Cinema beyond the Human

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Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human Edited by Anat Pick & Guinevere Narraway. New York/Oxford: Berghahn, 2013. 304 pp. Paper $99.00.

Ecocinema studies continues to come into its own as the most important development in cinema studies over the past fifteen years. A welcome addition to the field, Anat Pick and Guinevere Narraway's edited collection, Screening Nature: Beyond the Human, demonstrates the breadth and depth of ecocritical approaches to cinema. Faced with the recognition that human industrial activities are reshaping the global environment, film scholars, the editors argue, have an obligation to think beyond the frameworks of cinematic realism developed by such thinkers as Kracauer and Bazin and to delve more deeply into the interwoven concerns of materiality and representation.

In terms of breadth, the collection covers multiple genres and modes of production, incorporates a diverse blend of methodological approaches, and presents a global selection. Documentary films are the focus of several chapters, including James Leo Cahill's exploration of the distinctions between anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism in the films of Jean Painlevé and Geneviève Hamon and David Ingram's rhetorical analysis of An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Gugenheim, 2006). Still other chapters examine avant-garde and independent productions, including Narraway's reading of the formal and production strategies deployed by experimental filmmaker Rose Lowder and May Adadol Ingawanij's in their approach to animism and Thai history in the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Scholarly volumes rarely include the voices of working filmmakers. Thus, it is a pleasure to see Silke Panse's theoretical analysis of ecoaesthetics in the work of James Benning followed by an extensive interview with the filmmaker. The chapter by filmmakers Steven Eastwood and Geoffrey Alan Rhodes contextualizing their film on the "discovery" of pyramids near a Bosnian village demonstrates careful attention to cinematic and cultural constructions of landscape. …

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