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Body Double

The Author Incarnate in the Cinema

Lucy Fischer (author)

ISBN: 9780813554495

Publication Date: Jan 2013

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Explores the myriad ways that artists and the creative process have been represented on screen. Through the exploration of many distinct forms of cinema, Lucy Fischer examines such topics as the gender, age, and mental or physical health of fictionalized artists; the dramatized interaction between artists, audiences, and critics; and the formal play of written words and nonverbal images.

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Body Double explores the myriad ways that film artists have represented the creative process. In this highly innovative work, Lucy Fischer draws on a neglected element of auteur studies to show that filmmakers frequently raise questions about the paradoxes of authorship by portraying  the onscreen writer. Dealing with such varied topics as the icon of the typewriter, the case of the writer/director, the authoress, and the omnipresent infirm author, she probes the ways in which films can tell a plausible story while contemplating the conditions and theories of their making.

By examining many forms of cinema, from Hollywood and the international art cinema to the avant-garde, Fischer considers the gender, age, and mental or physical health of fictionalized writers; the dramatized interaction between artists and their audiences and critics; and the formal play of written words and nonverbal images.

By analyzing such movies as Adaptation, Diary of a Country Priest, Naked Lunch, American Splendor, and Irezumi, Fischer tracks the parallels between film author and character, looking not for the creative figure who stands outside the text, but for the one who stands within it as corporeal presence and alter-ego.


Fischer's original, wide-ranging book shows that filmmakers have said as much or more than theorists about the complex figure of the author in modern culture.
Illustrations 41 photographs
Pages 304
Date Published 30 Jan 2013
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Film: styles & genres   Film theory & criticism  
Lucy Fischer is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies as well as the director of the film studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. She has written and edited numerous books, including American Cinema of the 1920s: Themes and Variations (Rutgers University Press) and Designing Women: Art Deco, Cinema, and the Female Form

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