Technology, embodiment, and homosexuality
in Jean Epstein
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Over the 1880 to 1920 period, modern life in Western cities became exponentially enmeshed with a host of new technologies: automobiles, express trains, aeroplanes, electrical lighting, electrical conveyances telephone, wireless, and of course cinema. This chapter explores what correctives Jean Epstein brings to the selective understanding of cinema and the phenomenology of filmic perception. Jean Rouch, the pioneer of modern ethnographic filmmaking, indicates in the homage to Jean Epstein after his death, that the only book he took with him to Niger in 1946 was L'Intelligence d'une machine. Considered among the best films of Epstein, La Glace à trois faces adapts a laconic short story by Paul Morand with the same title. In Marcel L'Herbier's L'Homme du large, a quick shot featuring two women dancing together in a bar was targeted by censors and removed, even though the film had nothing to do with homosexuality.

Jean Epstein

Corporeal cinema and film philosophy

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