The Mysteries of Cinema : Movies and Imagination

Movies and Imagination

Peter Conrad

Rs. 2,687.50
Out of stock In stock
Size Guide

SHARE

People who saw the first moving pictures at the end of the nineteenth century were delighted by a new art that communicated without words – yet they were also alarmed to be witnessing events in a strange, mute, spectral realm, where the laws of time and space were suspended and magical transformations could occur. Some early commentators hailed cinema as a blessing and praised it for resurrecting the dead; others likened it to a hypnotic trance or a hallucinogenic drug. The medium has always been excited by speed, and it enjoys sending the body on furious kinetic chases; at the same time, it stealthily probes our minds, invading our dreams and titillating our desires. Although this is an art kindled by light and inflamed by colour, it is nurtured by darkness and can reduce life to an insubstantial shadow play. Either way, as Peter Conrad argues in this brilliant book, the movie camera has given us new eyes and changed forever our view of reality.

The Mysteries of Cinema sets out to map this ambiguous territory by taking readers on a thematic roller-coaster ride through movie history. Directors and critics speculate about the nature of cinematic vision, and there are contributions to the debate from writers like Kafka, Virginia Woolf and Joan Didion, artists including Salvador Dalí, George Grosz and Fernand Léger, and the composers Arnold Schoenberg and Dmitri Shostakovich. The book begins from the audacious innovations of silent film, and examines the influence of French surrealism and German expressionism; it accounts for the appeal of Hollywood genres like the Western, the horror film and the musical, and ends by considering the fate of the moving image in our visually glutted society.

Combining contagious enthusiasm with an eye for the subjective quirks of filmmakers and the allure of favourite performers, Conrad delivers an astonishing addition to the literature on the seventh art.

With 61 illustrations

Publisher
Thames and Hudson Ltd
ISBN
9780500022993
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
344
Height (in)
9
Width (in)
6
Subject
Popular Culture , Music & Film
Published Date
01

Trending Now

New Arrival
Best Seller

The Dark Hour: India Under Lockdowns

Aamir Peerzada, Anoo Bhuyan, Kalpish Ratna, M.G. Radhakrishnan, Namita Bhandare, Omkar Goswami, Pooja Dhingra, Saba Naqvi, Soutik Biswas
Rs. 395.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

The Big Book of Belonging (Signed Copy)

Yuval Zommer
Rs. 1,625.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

The Man Who Bent Light: Father of Fibre Optics

Narinder Singh Kapany
Rs. 995.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

The Sardar of Spin: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Bishan Singh Bedi

Neha Bedi, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar et all
Rs. 595.00
Best Seller
-40% off

Dining With The Nawabs

Meera Ali, Karam Puri
Rs. 4,995.00 Rs. 2,997.00
Best Seller
-30% off

Patterns of India: A Colouring Book

Henry Wilson
Rs. 795.00 Rs. 556.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

Textilepedia

Rs. 3,388.00
Best Seller
-30% off

Diary of Frida Kahlo

Carlos Fuentes
Rs. 2,364.00 Rs. 1,654.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

India: A Story Through 100 Objects

Vidya Dehejia
Rs. 2,495.00
Best Seller
-40% off

Delhi :Red Fort To Raisina

Rs. 3,500.00 Rs. 2,100.00
Best Seller
-30% off

Pure Healthy Special And Simple Series Gift Box

Vidhu Mittal
Rs. 5,999.00 Rs. 4,199.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

The Big Book of Blooms

Yuval Zommer
Rs. 1,612.00
Best Seller

The Big Book of Birds

Yuval Zommer and Barbara Taylor
Rs. 1,612.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

The House Of Scindias: A Saga Of Power, Politics And Intrigue

Rasheed Kidwai
Rs. 395.00
New Arrival
Best Seller

Fractured Freedom

Kobad Ghandy
Rs. 595.00
Best Seller

Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives and Daughters of the British Empire in India

Margaret MacMillan
Rs. 700.00
Best Seller

An Unknown Treasure in Rajasthan: The Bundi Wall-Paintings

Milo C. Beach and Hilde Lauwaert
Rs. 2,996.00
Best Seller

Moments of Mindfulness: Buddhist Offerings

Danielle Follmi and Olivier Föllmi
Rs. 750.00
Best Seller

Moments of Mindfulness: Indian Wisdom

Danielle Follmi and Olivier Föllmi
Rs. 750.00
Best Seller

Saris Of India: Tradition And Beyond

Rta Kapur Chishti
Rs. 4,500.00

Recently Viewed Products

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. Learn more

Ok, got it