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Cinema Muto

ISBN: 9780809328956 | 080932895X
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
Pub. Date: 2/25/2009

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InCinema Muto, Jesse Lee Kercheval examines the enduring themes of time, mortality, and love as revealed through the power of silent film. Following the ten days of the annualLe Giornate del Cinema Mutoin Italy, this collection of ekphrastic poems are love letters to the evocative power of silent cinema. Kercheval's poems elegantly capture the allure of these rare films, which compel hundreds of pilgrims from around the worldfrom scholars and archivists, to artists and connoisseursto flock to Italy each autumn.Cinema Mutocelebrates the flickering tales of madness and adventure, drama and love, which are all too often left to decay within forgotten vaults. As reels of Mosjoukine and D. W. Griffith float throughout the collection, a portrait also emerges of the simple beauty of Italy in October and of two lovers who are drawn together by their mutual passion for an extinct art. Together they revel in recapturing "the black and white gestures of a lost world." Cinema Mutois a tender tribute to the brief yet unforgettable reign of silent film. Brimming with stirring images of dreams, desire, and the ghosts of cinema legends gone by, Kercheval's verse is a testament to the mute beauty and timeless lessons that may still be discovered in a fragile roll of celluloid.

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