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Documenting CityscapesUrban Change in Contemporary Non-Fiction Film$
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Iván Villarmea Álvarez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174534

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174534.001.0001

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Places, Images and Meanings

Places, Images and Meanings

(p.1) Introduction Places, Images and Meanings
Documenting Cityscapes

Iván Villarmea Álvarez

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter describes the slow decline and renewal of industrial urban areas as a global process depicted from many geographic and cinematic perspectives, whose temporal and aesthetic links allow for an understanding of the way urban change has been perceived and experienced in North American and European cities. The way the city is perceived in film has more to do with the evolution of cinema than with that of urbanism, however. The meaning of an image of a place of memory will always be mediated by the formal device chosen by the filmmaker to show that particular spot. Accordingly, cinematic images will be decoded through their formal features, that is, their dispositif, in searching for how the cinematic city has been depicted, represented, and given meanings and connotations in film.

Keywords:   industrial urban areas, urban change, evolution of cinema, place of memory, dispositif

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