Film on the Faultline (Book)
Film on the Faultline explores the fractious relationship between cinema and seismic experience and addresses the important role that cinema can play in the wake of such events.
Film has always played a crucial role in the imagination of disaster. The earthquake, especially, transforms our understanding of the limits and possibilities of cinema, as well as of life itself. After major quakes in countries as dissimilar as Japan, Chile, Iran and New Zealand, filmmakers have responded with films that challenge ingrained social, political, ethical and philosophical categories of thinking and being in the world. Film on the Faultline explores the fractious relationship between cinema and seismic experience and addresses the important role that cinema can play in the wake of such events.
Alan Wright teaches cinema studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Introduction: Film Theory as Seismic Research - Alan Wright
Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Cities: San Francisco 1906 and Earthquake in Adelaide - Stephen Morgan
Chapter 2: The Wrath of Heaven: The Great Kantō Earthquake and Japanese Cinema - Alex Bates
Chapter 3: Earthquakes in Film: Exploring Visualization Strategies - Ozge Samanci
Chapter 4: The Virtual of Disaster: Science, Politics and Tectonics in Roland Emmerich’s 2012 - Axel Andersson
Chapter 5: Aftershock: The Cultural Politics of Commercializing Traumatic Memory - Jinhua Li
Chapter 6: The Just Distance: Abbas Kiarostami and the Aftermath of Devastation - Steve Choe
Chapter 7: Towards a Natural History of the Cinema: Walter Benjamin, Film and Catastrophe - Allen Meek
Chapter 8: Seismic Energy and Symbolic Exchange in When a City Falls - Kevin Fisher
Chapter 9: Landscapes in Conflict in Contemporary Chilean Film - Antonia Girardi
Chapter 10: The Earth Still Trembles: On Landscape Views in Contemporary Italian Cinema - Giorgio Bertellini
Chapter 11: Cinema in Reconstruction: Japan’s Post 3.11 Documentary - Joel Neville Anderson
Chapter 12: Ordinary Extraordinary: 3.11 in Japanese Fiction Film - Eija Niskanen
Chapter 13: Earthquake/ΣΕΙΣΜΟΣ - Yuri Averof
Chapter 14: Home in a Foreign Land - Nora Niasari
Chapter 15: Moving: An Interview with Park Kiyong - Zhou Ting-Fung
Chapter 16: “What I Really Saw Could Not Possibly Be Reflected in a Movie”: Abbas Kiarostami on Life and Nothing More … - Hossein Najafi
Chapter 17: Tres Semanas después/Life Goes On - José Luis Torres Leiva