A subdiscipline of academic film studies that addresses the specific historical context in which cinephilia was born, how it gave shape to the French New Wave and other cinematic movements, and the ways in which it has evolved in the digital age.
In the latest issue of its academic journal, the Society for Cinema & Media Studies features essays by Marijke de Valck, Liz Czach, Jenna Ng, Chris Darke, and George Toles on aspects of contemporary cinephilia, from the archive to the arthouse and beyond, edited by Mark Betz.
In an essay from Politics and Culture, Richards reassesses the role of cinephilia in academic film studies after Christian Metz’s declaration that, “to be a theoretician of cinema, one should ideally no longer love the cinema.”
Reflections on the digital revolution by Steve Erickson, Theo Panayides, David Sterritt, Jeff Lambert, and Bryant Frazer from the Australian film-studies journal Senses of Cinema. Prescient and groundbreaking in 1999, still relevant today.
Editor Drake Stutesman gathers lively pieces on cinephilia from Adrian Martin, Laura Mulvey, Chris Fujiwara, Girish Shambu, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Ken Eisenstein, Zach Campbell, James Quandt, Laurent Jullier, and others. Plus, André Bazin scholar/biogapher Dudley Andrew interviews Cahiers du cinéma editor Emmanuel Burdeau.
In the Michigan Quarterly Review, James Morrison looks back on what cinephilia was (” a form of cultism” that the events of May ’68 brought to a decisive end) and tries to ascertain how the new cinephilia departs from that model.
Looking closely at the iconoclastic work of Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, and Hollis Frampton, as well the founding of Anthology Film Archives, Annette Michelson examines the impact of cinephilia within the specific milieu of post-war American independent film production.
UCLA’s head archivist argues that digital access to our film heritage is not growing, but shrinking, due to the loss and destruction of negative prints and the difficulties that preservationists face in trying to keep up with changes in format.