The Cinema of Me: The Self and Subjectivity in First Person Documentary

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Alisa Lebow
Columbia University Press, 2012 - Performing Arts - 273 pages
When a filmmaker makes a film with herself as a subject, she is already divided as both the subject matter of the film and the subject making the film. The two senses of the word are immediately in play - the matter and the maker--thus the two ways of being subjectified as both subject and object. Subjectivity finds its filmic expression, not surprisingly, in very personal ways, yet it is nonetheless shaped by and in relation to collective expressions of identity that can transform the cinema of 'me' into the cinema of 'we'. Leading scholars and practitioners of first-person film are brought together in this groundbreaking collection to consider the theoretical, ideological, and aesthetic challenges wrought by this form of filmmaking in its diverse cultural, geographical, and political contexts.
 

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Contents

Introduction by Alisa Lebow
1
DIASPORIC SUBJECTIVITY
7
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
33
Impersonations of Glauber Rocha by Glauber Rocha
44
Michelangelos Last Gaze
57
El cielo gira and Spanish
79
Space Time and Queer Discursivity
98
The Self and Subjectivity
144
The Political Stake of Israeli iMovies
158
Blogging Identity com
235
PeterHughes
250
Filmography
268
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About the author (2012)

Alisa Lebow is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex. Her research is generally concerned with issues related to documentary film, recently to do with questions of the political in documentary. Her book First Person Jewish (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) explores aspects of the representation of self and subjectivity in first person film. She is also a filmmaker whose films include Outlaw (1994), Treyf (1998) and For the Record: The World Tribunal on Iraq (2007).

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