Abstract: "Primitive Pictures" explores the relationship between early German cinema and anthropology's fascination with "primitive" cultures. At the core of this study is a mythic first contact between the camera and the non-Western body. The term that binds the two is the "primitive", referring both to cultures ostensibly existing outside of modern Time and also to a way of seeing the world via the lens. Asseka Oksiloff examines how the movie camera, with its capacity to record reality in a supposedly direct fashion, is legitimated by the primitive body in the first decades of the twentieth century. From the earliest research footage to popularized adventure footage, the film theory, the "primitive" holds out the promise of a critical space that affirms modern, technological vision.
Title and contributions: Picturing the primitive : visual culture, ethnography, and early German cinema / Assenka Oksiloff.
Publication: New York : Palgrave, 2001.
Physical description: 227 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 0312293739 (pbk.)
Language: eng (language of the text, soundtrack, etc..)
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