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European Cinemas in the Television Age

Dorota Ostrowska, Graham Roberts

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European Cinemas in the Television Age is a radical attempt to rethink the post-war history of European cinemas. The authors approach the subject from the perspective of television’s impact on the culture of cinema’s production, distribution, consumption and reception. Thus they indicate a new direction for the debate about the future of cinema in Europe. In every European country television has transformed economic, technological and aesthetic terms in which the process of cinema production had been conducted. Television’s growing popularity has drastically reshaped cinema’s audiences and forced governments to introduce policies to regulate the interaction between cinema and television in the changing and dynamic audio-visual environment. It is cinematic criticism, which was slowest in coming to terms with the presence of television and therefore most instrumental in perpetuating the view of cinema as an isolated object of aesthetic, critical and academic inquiry. The recognition of the impact of television upon European cinemas offers a more authentic and richer picture of cinemas in Europe, which are part of the complex audiovisual matrix including television and new media.

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1. INTRODUCTION A cultural ecology of film and television in Europe
2. BRITAIN (Graham Roberts & Heather Wallis)
3. FRANCE (Dorota Ostrowska)
4. ITALY (Luisa Cigognetti and Pierre Sorlin)
5. SPAIN (Valeria Camporesi)
6. GERMANY (Margit Grieb and Will Lehman)
7. DENMARK (Dorota Ostrowska and Gunhild Agger)
8. POLAND (Dorota Ostrowska)
9. Audio-visual production cultures
10. Cinematic forms in the age of television
11. Reproduction

About the Author

Dorota Ostrowska is Lecturer in Film Studies at Birkbeck, University of London


A compelling and comprehensive contribution to the contemporary discussion of cinema and media relations, precisely because it aims not so much at providing an all-inclusive European cinema/television history, than rather to produce a new understanding of a cine-visual aesthetics.
- Claudia Pummer, University of Iowa, H-Net
European Cinema in the Television Age is without doubt a key text. It approaches one of those most important subjects - if not the most important subject - concerning European cinema of the past half century. Covering from the analogue to digital, from industrial context to aesthetics, this book is timely and important. I highly recommend it.
- Professor Graeme Harper, University of Wales, Bangor