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Documenting CityscapesUrban Change in Contemporary Non-Fiction Film$
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Iván Villarmea Álvarez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174534

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174534.001.0001

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On City and Cinema

On City and Cinema

(p.11) Chapter One On City and Cinema
Documenting Cityscapes

Iván Villarmea Álvarez

Columbia University Press

This chapter maps the urban shift from post-industrialism to a postmetropolis—a process marked by both objective changes and subjective perceptions, in which the physical disappearance of lived spaces and places of memory does not necessarily entail their immediate forgetting. Urban documentary makers, in capturing this transition, can take on three of many possible roles, as they are further highlighted in this book: the voyeur, the walker, and the driver. Their respective gazes at the city entail a series of socio-cultural connotations that automatically condition the meaning of any image taken from their point of view, that is, from above, from below, and from a moving car. Urban documentary makers have indistinctly adopted these three roles with a wide variety of results, taking advantage of their implicit meanings to produce a visual discourse about the effects of new spatialities on places of memory.

Keywords:   post-industrialism, postmetropolis, lived spaces, places of memory, urban documentary makers

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