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Real Objects in Unreal Situations
Modern Art in Fiction Films
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ISBN 9781783202508
Paperback 168 pages
230 x 170 mm
Published June 2014
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Books by Susan Felleman
Books in Film Studies
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Real Objects in Unreal Situations is a lucid account of a much-neglected subject in art and cinema studies: the material significance of the art object incorporated into the fiction film. By examining the historical, political, and personal realities that situate the artworks, Susan Felleman offers an incisive account of how they operate not as objects but as powerful players within the films, thereby exceeding the narrative function of mere props, copies, pastiches, or reproductions. The book consists of a series of interconnected case studies of movies, including Pride & Prejudice, The Trouble with Harry, and The Player, ultimately showing that when real art works enter into fiction films, they embody themes and discourses in a way that other objects often cannot.
 
 
Chapter titles
Introduction: The Work of Art in the Space of Its Material Dissolution
Chapter 1: Doubly Immortal: The Song of Songs (1933)
Chapter 2: Suspect Modernism: Venus vor Gericht (1941) and Muerte de un ciclista (1955)
Chapter 3: The World Gone Wiggy: The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Chapter 4: Art for the Apocalypse: The Damned (1961)
Chapter 5: Object Choices: An Unmarried Woman (1978) and The Player (1992)
Chapter 6: Subjects, Objects, and Erotic Upheaval at Pemberley: Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Reviews
' Felleman (Univ. of South Carolina) adroitly examines how sculptures and paintings hold up in the film medium as much more than props and reproductions. An important contribution to film studies. ' – J. Simon, University of Georgia

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