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Peter Bosma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174596

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174596.001.0001

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Cinephilia as a Curatorial Element

Cinephilia as a Curatorial Element

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Film Programming

Peter Bosma

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the phenomenon of cinephilia. The literal translation of ‘cinephilia’ is ‘loving cinema’, so basically, a cinephile sees a lot of films. Cinephilia could be seen as a general way of forming a shared identity, a group of like-minded people. It could also be a source of inspiration for film directors in many different ways. Several experimental film directors and media artists have expressed their cinephilia through reflection and experiment by exploring the boundaries of cinema in new approaches to film form, or in expanding their canvas into installations. Cinephilia could be described as a marketing tool within the film trade, and could also be seen as a critical method, a foundation for evaluation. All of these practices of associative cinephilia can be taken as a source for curating film, and assembling surprising weekly programmes or double bills.

Keywords:   cinephilia, cinephile, shared identity, film directors, media artists, film trade, film criticism, film curating

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