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How can we qualify slowness in cinema? What is the relationship between a cinema of slowness and a wider socio-cultural “slow movement”? A body of films that shares a propensity toward slowness has emerged in many parts of the world over the past two decades. This is the first book to examine the concept of cinematic slowness and address this fascinating phenomenon in contemporary film culture.

Providing a critical investigation into questions of temporality, materiality, and aesthetics, and examining concepts of authorship, cinephilia, and nostalgia, Song Hwee Lim offers insight into cinematic slowness through the films of the Malaysian-born, Taiwan-based director Tsai Ming-liang. Through detailed analysis of aspects of stillness and silence in cinema, Lim delineates the strategies by which slowness in film can be constructed. By drawing on writings on cinephilia and the films of directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, he makes a passionate case for a slow cinema that calls for renewed attention to the image and to the experience of time in film.

Tsai Ming-liang and a Cinema of Slowness will speak to readers with an interest in art cinema, queer studies, East Asian culture, and the question of time. In an age of unrelenting acceleration of pace both in film and in life, this book invites us to pause and listen, to linger and look, and, above all, to take things slowly.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Note on Chinese Romanization, Translation, and Citation
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  1. Introduction Going Slow
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter 1: Slowness
  2. pp. 11-42
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  1. Chapter 2: Signature
  2. pp. 43-76
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  1. Chapter 3: Stillness
  2. pp. 77-115
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  1. Chapter 4: Silence
  2. pp. 116-149
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  1. Epilogue: Getting Lost
  2. pp. 150-156
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 157-176
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  1. Tsai Ming-liang Filmography
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Glossary of Chinese Terms
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 189-204
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. About the Author, Production Notes
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824839239
Related ISBN(s)
9780824836849
MARC Record
OCLC
876088592
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-08
Open Access
No
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