- Author: David LaRocca
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- ISBN: 9780190095345
- Page: 344
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Bringing these fourteen contributions together, a new chorus on metacinema coalesces. Part I aims to provide conceptual and theoretical reorientation to metacinema— not just bringing us up to speed on how cinema as such is metacinematic ...
When a work of art shows an interest in its own status as a work of art--either by reference to itself or to other works--we have become accustomed to calling this move "meta." While scholars and critics have, for decades, acknowledged reflexivity in films, it is only in Metacinema, for the first time, that a group of leading and emerging film theorists join to enthusiastically debate the meanings and implications of the meta for cinema. In new essays on generative films, including Rear Window, 8 1/2, Holy Motors, Funny Games, Fight Club, and Clouds of Sils Maria, contributors chart, explore, and advance the ways in which metacinema is at once a mode of filmmaking and a heuristic for studying cinematic attributes. What results is not just an engagement with certain practices and concepts in widespread use in the movies (from Hollywood to global cinema, from documentary to the experimental and avant-garde), but also the development of a veritable and vital new genre of film studies. With more and more films expressing reflexivity, recursion, reference to other films, mise-en-abîme, seriality, and exhibiting related intertextual and intermedial traits, the time is overdue for the kind of capacious yet nuanced critical study found in Metacinema.