Apertúra Film-Vizualitás-Elmélet
Spring, 2008. [Vol. III. Nr. 3.] | Nyomtatás |


Marc Vernet: "This side" or the gaze of the camera

Vernet's far-reaching article deals with a figure of absence, the out-of-field space: the place of the camera, the invisible foreground of the picture, which he terms as "en-déça" or "this side". Based on examples such as Halloween, Wolf, and Wings of Desire he analyses the visual elements that make the examined space subjective. His article is unavoidable in case we are dealing with point of view, ocularization, or subjective camera.

Pascal Bonitzer: Out-of-field spaces

The article focuses on the out-of-field cinematic space. Bonitzer emphasizes the essential otherness of the out-of-field space contrary to other theoreticians, such as Bazin (who conceives it as a condition of the impression of reality), Burch (who sees it as imaginary space), or Baudry (who understands it as the place of the apparatus). Bonitzer's critique of these approaches brings about a radical openness and dividedness of cinematic space.

Izabella Füzi: Theories of the narrative film

The article examines the relation between narrativity and the cinematic medium: the equidistant frames, i.e. formalization performed by the camera is devoid of narrative; temporal and spatial continuity is provided by secondary articulation (shots and scenes), which functioning as a fundamental condition of narrativity. The second half of the article deals with different interpretations of Rear Window and analyses different conceptualizations of narrative continuity and narrative reception in film theory.

Miklós Sághy: The function of the camera and of the gazes in Ozon's La petite mort

My essay is on the short-film, La petite mort (1995) by Francois Ozon. The main question of my analysis is the way the subject of the protagonist, Paul is constructed and de-constructed by the gazes to which he is exposed. Another crucial part of the interpretation is the way the visual representation techniques and signifiers (camera and photo) take part in the processes of subject construction and de-construction.

Zoltán János Tóth: Exoticism and Allegory

By analyzing works of the Kossuth Prize-winner photographer Péter Korniss from the album entitled Inventory, the author of the article focuses on the notion of exoticism and the ways it is created through methods of photography. The pictures included in the discussed series were taken by Peter Korniss during his journeys to Transylvania during a period lasting nearly thirty years, between 1967 and 1998. These pictures, which may be categorized as examples of documentary and social photography, aim at representing the rural society of Transylvania as culturally pure and intact. The author scrutinizes the discursive and visual tools that make a phenomenon exotic, and examines the ethical and aesthetic consequences of presenting the topic of a picture as exotic in documentary photography.


Students' Workshop

Anett, Dávid: Peter Greenaway or "boundless" bounds of theater and film

The article analyses the connection of theater and film through the film entitled The Baby Of Macon by Peter Greenaway, with special regard to those forms of expression that became the director's trademark. In the essay I try to find examples of border crossing between the two disciplines of arts, and focus on the problems of staging, framing and alteration of space. The director alloys the props of theater and film in unusual ways, he plays with the frame and with the audience as well. He creates interaction between theater and film with the special application of props such as editing with light, changing the point of view or the role within a role, and he dresses his vision in a "baroque gown".