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Dreaming of Cinema: Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media

Adam Lowenstein


This book offers a positive alternative to cinema's perceived crisis of realism and, in so doing, enriches the meaning of cinematic spectatorship in the twenty-first century. It begins by showing how video games, YouTube channels, Blu-ray discs and other forms of “new” media have made theatrical cinema seem “old.” It details how a sense of “cinema lost” has accompanied the ascent of digital media, and explains that many people now worry that film's capacity to record the real is fundamentally changing. The book goes on to argue that the Surrealist movement never treated cinema as a realist med ... More

Keywords: crisis of realism, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, video games, YouTube, Blu-ray discs, cinema lost, Rock Hudson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166577
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Lowenstein, author