Christian Metz Conference Zürich


Metz Zürich

I just returned from this wonderfully organised conference in Zürich, where I gave a paper on “Thinking Cinema: Christian Metz and/in the Tradition of Film Theory”. Here is the abstract:

In an interview in 1986 Christian Metz stated that he had always worked “in the company” of classical film theorists such as Béla Balázs, André Bazin, or Sergej Eisenstein, who, together with others, he often quotes, comments, and critiques in his own writings. In my contribution I will look at some examples in order to see how exactly this ‘companionship’ becomes an element of Metz’s theorising. In particular, I will discuss the way in which Metz discussed Rudolf Arnheim’s Film als Kunst in his seminar between January 1982 and June 1983. Metz not only translated (literally) the German original text into French, but also the issues addressed by Arnheim in 1932 into the larger field of debates within film theory half a century later.

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