Post-Classic Cinema

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John David Ebert is an independent culture critic who has published six books, including "Celluloid Heroes & Mechanical Dragons," "Dead Celebrities-Living Icons," "The New Media Invasion" and "The Age of Catastrophe." He has reviewed movies on his blog,, together with his colleague John Lobell, for the past eight years. He is currently an editor and proofreader at Semiotexte.

Post-Classic Cinema

Collected Film Reviews 2005 - 2013

Authored by John David Ebert

Are cinema's best days behind it? That's what John David Ebert argues in his new book, a collection of film reviews and essays spanning eight years, in which he articulates the concept of post-classic cinema. A "post-classic" art style is a phase in which the repetition of a fixed stock of forms, cloned and serialized endlessly, gains the field of the medium in question. Film, as it neared the end of the last millenium, became simultaneously depleted of fresh content as well as technologically overburdened. And now, with the switch from celluloid to digital, it has been dealt the coup de grace. An entire age -- of drive-in theaters, midnight movies and double features -- is disappearing, and the future of the movie theater itself, with attendance at record lows, has now come into question. Film, it is evident, is no longer the "youngest medium."

Publication Date:
1489539484 / 9781489539489
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Performing Arts / Film & Video / History & Criticism

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