Rey Chow

11:00AM Rey Chow, Duke University

“After the Passage of the Beast: ‘False Documentary’ Aspirations, Acousmatic Complications”

My talk draws on a previously published essay, in which I consider sound, voice, and the notion of “acousmatic” against the background of the documentary and its contentious claim to realism. Through an engagement with the avant-garde film Hiroshima mon amour (1959), a self-consciously anti-documentary experiment, I show how aesthetically progressive uses of sound and voice may carry quite different nuances in a cross-ethnic setting.

Auditors may peruse this essay here: “After the Passage of the Beast: ‘False Documentary’ Aspirations, Acousmatic Complications,” in Rancière and Film, ed. Paul Bowman (Edinburgh UP, 2013), 34-52.

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