Childhood, Cinema and Film Aesthetics

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Bettina Henzler / Winfried Pauleit (Eds.)
Childhood, Cinema and Film Aesthetics
In englischer Sprache
132 Seiten, 99 Fotos
Paperback, 14,8 x 21 cm
Artikelnummer 978-3-86505-257-5
Erschienen im April 2018

Next to love and death, childhood is one of the universal topics of cinema. Films determine the view on childhood and allow children to present themselves – differently than in other media. Films convey an experience of childhood and can present us with the perspective of child figures. Films are also an expression of childhood memories: of those who make films and of those who watch films as children and are influenced by them. This book focuses on the relationship between cinema and childhood with regard to the aesthetics, mediality and cultural history of film. It presents a variety of current positions on three main topics: child figures in film, childhood as the spectators’ experience and the role of childhood in the production process.
The topic of childhood figures broaches the question what images are constructed by children and childhood in films, as well as the question of how children as actors embody and shape film figures. As to the question of childhood as spectator’s experience the articles included in this volume discuss films conveying the perception and experience of children. This also includes film theories referring to the gaze of the child. The question of the role of childhood in the production process takes us to those producing films. How do adult filmmakers refer to the experience of childhood – as biographic memory or as an aesthetic strategy of play?
The contributions cover a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives, such as film theory, psychoanalysis, health science, film production. They deal with a kaleidoscope of films from the beginnings of film history to the present – experimental, documentary and fictional.
The contributors: Alejandro Bachmann, Alain Bergala, Christian Bonah, Joël Danet, Bettina Henzler, Vicky Lebeau, Karen Lury, Matthias Müller, Daniel Wiegand


The Editors

  • Bettina Henzler is a research fellow and lecturer at the Institute for Art History—Film Studies—Art Education at the University of Bremen with a focus on film studies and film education. She is currently working on a DFG-funded postdoc project on "Filmaesthetics and childhood". She received her PhD with a thesis on the theory and practice of the aesthetic film education developped by Alain Bergala in the context of French Cinephilia (Filmästhetik und Vermittlung, engl. "Film aesthetics and mediation").
  • Winfried Pauleit is Professor and head of the ZeMKI research Lab "Film, Media Art and Popular Culture" at University Bremen. He is academic director of the annual International Bremen Film Conference and co-editor of: "Reality Unbound. New Departures in Science Fiction Cinema" (2017), "Film and History: Producing and Experiencing History in Moving Images and Sound" (2015). Other publications include: "Audio History des Films. Sonic Icons, Auditive Histosphäre, Authentizitätsgefühl" (2018), "Reading Film Stills: Analyzing Film and Media Culture" (2015).

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