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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... Yugoslavia, obtained the first support for it in Britain, and made the film as a
citizen of the new country of Macedonia, which also provided funding for the film.
It is not surprising, then, that Before the Rain is a transnational film that is
The first is set in rural Macedonia and begins very simply. A young priest, Kiril (
Gregoire Colin), is picking tomatoes in a hilltop garden. As storm clouds gather,
an elderly priest approaches and tells Kiril, "It's going to rain. The flies are biting"
When Aleksandar tells Anne he's quitting photography, she replies, "You were
born to be a photographer. You can't be anything else." In returning to Macedonia
, he tries to be something else, but there is more Aleksandar. involved than giving
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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