Critical Writing Index

Realism and Realistic Representation in the Digital Age

by Gabriel F. Giralt

Journal of Film and Video, 2010, v. 62, no. 3, pp. 3-16

The article discusses the representation of reality in the age of digital technology. It underlies the value of indexical and non-indexical factors in the process of signification, particularly when exploring the digital cinema. The author argues that the so called "cinematic realism", in Bazinean sense, does not represent reality itself because it does not contribute knowledge of realism, but rather evokes feelings, concerns and admiration.

ITEM 2010.113 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

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Stephen Prince

André Bazin

David Bordwell

Der letzte Mann (The Last Man)F. W. Murnau

Broken BlossomsDavid W. Griffith

Viaggio in Italia (Voyage in Italy), Germania Anno Zero (Germany Year Zero)Roberto Rossellini

Bicycle ThiefVittorio De Sica

Gilles Deleuze

Le Notti de Calabria (The Nights of Calabria), La StradaFederico Fellini

Dudley Andrew

The Dehumanization of ArtOrtega Y Gasset

Leon Livingstone

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Peter Wollen