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1968 and Global Cinema

Edited by Christina Gerhardt and Sara Saljoughi

Film History, World Cinema

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

Published: October 2018
ISBN: 9780814342930
Pages: 216 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 19 b&w illus.
Published: October 2018
ISBN: 9780814345429
Pages: 216 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 19 b&w illus.
Published: October 2018
ISBN: 9780814342947

1968 and Global Cinema addresses a notable gap in film studies. Although scholarship exists on the late 1950s and 1960s New Wave films, research that puts cinemas on 1968 into dialogue with one another across national boundaries is surprisingly lacking. Only in recent years have histories of 1968 begun to consider the interplay among social movements globally. The essays in this volume, edited by Christina Gerhardt and Sara Saljoughi, cover a breadth of cinematic movements that were part of the era’s radical politics and independence movements. Focusing on history, aesthetics, and politics, each contribution illuminates conventional understandings of the relationship of cinema to the events of 1968, or "the long Sixties."

The volume is organized chronologically, highlighting the shifts and developments in ideology in different geographic contexts. The first section, "The Long Sixties: Cinematic New Waves," examines both the visuals of new cinemas, as well as new readings of the period’s politics in various geopolitical iterations. This half of the book begins with an argument that while the impact of Italian Neorealism and the French New Wave on subsequent global new waves is undeniable, the influence of cinemas of the so-called Global South is pivotal for the era’s cinema as well. The second section, "Aftershocks," considers the lasting impact of 1968 and related cinematic new waves into the 1970s. The essays in this section range from China’s Cultural Revolution in cinema to militancy and industrial struggle in 1970s worker’s films in Spain. In these ways, the volume provides fresh takes and allows for new discoveries of the cinemas of the long 1968.

1968 and Global Cinema aims to achieve balance between new readings of well-known films, filmmakers, and movements, as well as new research that engages lesser-known bodies of films and film texts. The volume is ideal for graduate and undergraduate courses on the long sixties, political cinema, 1968, and new waves in art history, cultural studies, and film and media studies.

Christina Gerhardt is associate professor of film and German at the University of Hawai’i. Her writing has been published in Cineaste, Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, German Studies Review, Mosaic, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and The Sixties.

Sara Saljoughi is assistant professor of English and cinema studies at the University of Toronto. Her essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Histories, Iranian Studies, Film International, and Film Criticism.

Contributors Include:
Morgan Adamson, Laurence Coderre, David Desser, Victor Fan, Allyson Nadia Field, Christina Gerhardt, Rocco Giansante, Rita de Grandis, Sarah Hamblin, Peter Hames, Man-tat Terence Leung, Pablo La Parra-Perez, Paula Rabinowitz, Mauro Resmini, Lily Saint, Sara Saljoughi, Robert Stam, Graeme Stout, J. M. Tyree

This is an excellent and innovative study that expands the study of May 1968 beyond its familiar parameters into new and exciting fields, both temporal and geographic.

– Paul Julian Smith, author of Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 (Wayne State University Press, 2017)

Every essay is original and significant, and taken together they amount to a very important achievement.

– James Morrison, author of Auteur Theory and My Son John

This is a timely, informative, and stimulating set of essays, designed to deepen our understanding of 1968 as a watershed in cinematic aesthetics and global activist politics. An impressive collective accomplishment.

– Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University

This volume makes a welcome intervention into scholarship on political cinema, insisting on the centrality of anticolonial struggles and international solidarities to the category of world cinema. The editors have gathered an impressive range of essays which open out the histories and aesthetics of 1968 in genuinely exciting ways.

– Rosalind Galt, professor of Film Studies at King’s College London

The book certainly provides cinema scholars with extensive and varied looks at previously neglected cultural and political movements, and it expands the era, helping readers to rethink concepts of the global and national as well as cinema’s relationship to radical politics and the legacy of the long ’68.

– Anne Cunningham, Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of a watershed moment in twentieth-century political conflict, the impressive 1968 and Global Cinema seeks to broaden contemporary understanding of that moment beyond the French student uprisings, corresponding movements in the U.S., and the New Wave cinema explicitly invested in those struggles.

– Ryan Sherwood, Film & History

Readers of this volume can choose what they want to get out of it: all contributions could be an entryway into the respective country’s radical filmmaking cultures (and beyond); they could serve as a catalog of approaches to what radical forms of cinema meant in the respective context; they could serve as a starting point to explore the respective national cinematic tradition, as most contributions go beyond (both past and future of) the focus on 1968.

– Friedemann Weidauer, Monatshefte

1968 and Global Cinema ... enables the reader ... to consider the multifaceted ways in which screen cultures engaged with the long 1968 across national and linguistic boundaries. By putting the global cinemas of 1968 into dialogue with one another, the book makes an important contribution to the de-centering of Europe from the politics of 1968, especially given that decolonization and anti-imperialism were experienced far more immediately in countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

– Catriona Corke, German Studies Review

Thrilling in intellectual rigor and scope, the books’ accomplishment is an inestimable one for future studies of committed film and media, particularly those interested in Tricontinental theory, post-socialist Europe, and the worldwide South.

– Nace Zavrl, NECSUS

A welcome contribution [to the field of Film and Media Studies] that confirms the centrality of cinematic praxis to the social movements that shaped the 'Long Sixties.'

– David Fresko, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture

(Referring to co-editor Christina Gerhardt's three recent publications, including 1968 and Global Cinema) an admirable achievement, and Gerhardt must be congratulated for her efforts in bringing this large body of scholarship to publication. It was obviously a labor of love, and Gerhardt deserves recognition as the intellectual leader of her field.

– Denise J. Youngblood, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television