Theory of the Image: Capitalism, Contemporary Film, and Women
"Just about everything in this book is fresh and exciting." —Carol Siegel
Ann Kibbey’s Theory of the Image is based on a concept of the image as a dynamic relation rather than a thing. In three essays Kibbey contends that the image itself is an ideological construct. "The Capitalist Theory of the Image" argues that capitalism enforces social identity and fetishism through religious iconoclastic beliefs about the commodity as image. "Liberating a Woman from Her Image" creates a new feminist approach to women in film, breaking the symbiosis of woman and image at the heart of previous theory. "Relief from the Production of Certainties" challenges conservative and racist agendas informing the assumption that a photograph records an image. The book draws on extensive personal interviews and also provides detailed explications of important films in recent transnational cinema to demonstrate new theories of the image for a global society.
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After the Islamic fundamentalist revolution in Iran in 1979, the practice of veiling
was reinstituted by the new government.13 When the revolution broke out,
Ebrahimian was in Iran on contract to make a documentary about the
The viewer instead sees Mariyam in a succession of moments that are
conceptually distinguishable. In his thinking about the plane of the frame,
Ebrahimian contrasts it with the three dimensional space of the set or location.
The film image is a ...
This is what made it possible to get such high-quality animal photography in
making the film, since the sheep was not a trained animal. 24. See Dayan, "Tutor-
Code." Ebrahimian interprets the problem of absence in social and material terms
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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