Saturday, February 09, 2013

Ruined maps

To complete her remarkable book about an Italian film director, Streetwalking on a Ruined Map: Cultural Theory and the City Films of Elvira Notari (1992), Giuliana Bruno faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: none of the director's silent films had survived. Yet through sensitive analysis of tangential materials (photographs, reviews, news, stories, interviews, letters, memoirs, business records), Bruno reconstituted Notari's work and produced an insightful analysis of her place in and contributions to the history of cinema. —Tom Trusky, James Castle: His Life & Art


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