Andre Bazin's famous article, 'Pour un cinema impur: defense de l'adaptation', was first translated into English simply as 'In Defence of Mixed Cinema', probably to avoid any uncomfortable sexual or racial resonances the word 'impure' might have. 'Impure Cinema' goes back to Bazin's original title precisely for its defence of impurity, applying it on the one hand to cinema's interbreeding with other arts and on the other to its ability to convey and promote cultural diversity. In contemporary progressive film criticism, ideas of purity, essence and origin have been superseded by favourable approaches to 'hybridization', 'transnationalism', 'multiculturalism' and cross-fertilizations of all sorts. 'Impure Cinema' builds on this idea in novel and exciting ways, as it draws on cinema's combination of intermedial and intercultural aspects as a means to bridge the divide between studies of aesthetics and culture. Film is revealed here as the location par excellence of media encounters, mutual questioning and self-dissolution into post-medium experiments.
Most importantly, the book argues, film's intermedial relations can only be properly understood if their cultural determinants are taken into account. Scholars and students of film, cinephiles and students of the arts will discover here unexpected connections across many artistic practices.
Lucia Nagib is Professor of Film at the University of Reading. Her books include Brazil on Screen: Cinema Novo, New Cinema, Utopia (I.B.Tauris, 2007) and World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism (2011). Her books as editor include The New Brazilian Cinema (I.B.Tauris, 2003), Realism and the Audiovisual Media (with Cecilia Mello, 2009), and Theorizing World Cinema (with Chris Perriam and Rajinder Dudrah, I.B.Tauris, 2011). She is series editor of Tauris's World Cinema Series. Anne Jerslev is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of books about David Lynch, cult films, youth and violent cinema, and media and intimacy. She is the editor of Realism and 'Reality' in Film and Media (2002) and, with Rune Gade, Performative Realism (2004).
Illustrations Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: The History and Politics of Impurity Part II: Intertextual and Intercultural Dialogues Part III: Literary Impurities Part IV: Border Crossing Films Part V: Post Medium Films Index