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Towards a Poetics of the Cinematographic Frame

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In delineating a poetics of the cinematographic frame, this article presents a typology of framing styles, and demonstrates how filmmakers use the frame as an expressive resource and how the frame uses them. The examples discussed are modernist in orientation, and each has a particular association with a city - its history, architecture, and cultural character. Although it is common practice to refer to some framing situations as instances of 'deframing', the article enquires into the problematic nature of this term, suggesting alternative visual and cinematographic contexts more amenable to its deconstructive implications. As the boundaries between cinema and the other arts continue to converge and relations between frame, image, and screen become more complex, this article offers a reassessment of some first principles of film language, especially the aesthetic integrity of the cinematographic frame.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Culture
Journal publication date12 May 2011
Issue numbernull
StatePublished - 12 May 2011

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