Jean Epstein's Interdisciplinary Cinema and the French Avant-Garde Symposium

Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 9:00am

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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. CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 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) "Re-viewing Photogénie" 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)

Co-sponsored by Committee on Cinema & Media Studies, the France Chicago Center, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities, The Mass Culture Workshop, and the New Media Workshop