[SydPhil] SHAPE talk: Bruce Isaacs this Friday 10.30am

David Macarthur david.macarthur at sydney.edu.au
Wed Oct 23 02:14:03 AEDT 2013

Dear All,
This week’s SHAPE seminar will be by Bruce Isaacs (Film Studies) who will present a talk titled “Complex Temporality in the Cinema of Richard Kelly”

This paper presents a model of post-classical cinematic time through a study of two films of Richard Kelly: Donnie Darko (2001) and Southland Tales (2006). It argues that Kelly’s work presents unique possibilities for conceptualising an image ‘of time’ in contemporary Hollywood, departing from the conventional spatialised model of temporality employed in the majority of classical films. It argues that Kelly’s cinema further exemplifies the engagement with contemporary cinema’s digitality, charting potentially radically new ways of thinking about temporal experience.

Bruce Isaacs is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney. He has published work on film history and theory, with a particular interest in the deployment of aesthetic systems in classical and post-classical American cinema. His most recent work, The Orientation of Future Cinema: Technology, Aesthetics, Spectacle (Bloomsbury 2013) traces the emergence of cinema’s digital form in relation to the celluloid era that preceded it.

Place: Muniment Room, Main Quad, USyd

Time: Fri 25th Oct, 10.30am


Dr. David Macarthur | Senior Lecturer & UG Coordinator
Philosophy Department | SOPHI
University of Sydney, 2006 | Australia
Ph: +61-2-9351-3193

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