Jean Epstein's Interdisciplinary Cinema and the French Avant-Garde Symposium
A two-day symposium on Jean Epstein—-filmmaker, theoretician, poet, and critic - which aims to expand our understanding of Epstein's diverse oeuvre and his involvement with the French avant-garde movements, especially in cinema's late silent era.
FRIDAY, 25 APRIL
7pm Welcoming remarks, Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Screening of Epstein's Finis Terrae with live piano accompaniment.
(35mm print courtesy of the Cinémathèque Française.)
SATURDAY, 26 APRIL
9:30 Panel 1
Ludovic Cortade (New York University)
"Jean Epstein's Theory of Slow-Motion: A Cinematic Classicism"
Katie Kirtland (University of Chicago)
"The Cinema of the Kaleidoscope"
Laurent Guido (University of Lausanne)
"Jean Epstein and Rhythm Theories"
2pm Panel 2
Rachel Moore (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
"Epstein's Radical Difference"
Stuart Liebman (City University of New York)
"Novelty and Poiesis in the Early Writings of Jean Epstein"
Christophe Wall-Romana (University of Minnesota)
5:30 Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by Tom Gunning, with Richard Abel (University of Michigan), Dudley Andrew (Yale University), Jennifer Wild (University of Chicago), and Tami Williams (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee)