James S. Williams
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In lieu of a conclusion
in Space and being in contemporary French cinema
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The symbolic and political demands of Robert Guediguian are so absolute that Marseilles, and all his heavily mapped and circumscribed urban landscapes, invariably become the same empty, abyssal space to pass through eyes wide shut. The cinema of Abdellatif Kechiche constructs a social and cultural frame that actively draws on the symbolic framework of State and Nation which is then purposively deframed. A transformative performance of cinematic legacy in Jacques Nolot's work raises a potential new avenue of enquiry into filmic space. Critical opinion on the general impact of digital technology on cinema remains, of course, extremely varied. According to Stephen Barber, digital imagery is much like its analogue predecessor in that it possesses a dual, allied vulnerability to the forces of memory and oblivion, and to the arbitrariness of corporate culture.

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