The Forgotten Space seeks to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea. The film follows the container transport aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, politicians and those marginalised by the global transport system. Our premise is that the sea remains the crucial space of globalization. Nowhere else is the disorientation, violence, and alienation of contemporary capitalism more manifest, but this truth is not self-evident, and must be approached as a puzzle, or mystery, a problem to be solved. —Viennale
Noël Burch (born 1932) is an American, who moved to France at a young age. He later became a film critic famous for his contribution of commonly used terms by film scholars (such as Institutional Mode of Representation (IMR)) and for his theories compiled in books such as Theory of Film Practice or La lucarne de L’Infini.
Burch’s major contribution to the history of film criticism isn’t his definition of classical Hollywood film tropes, which had already been done, but rather his focus on early cinema. There, he identified a set of film styles that he would identify as the “Primitive Mode of Representation (PMR).” In doing so, he found what he thought was a “purer” cinema, one untainted by what he considered bourgeois ideology.
Whether his ideology informed his understanding of film style, or vice versa, his Theory Of Film Practice is one of the key works in the canon of Western film criticism.
In the foreword to the 1980 edition of Theory Of Film Practice, Burch… read more
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