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The Lure of the Image shows how a close study of camera movement challenges key assumptions underlying a wide range of debates within cinema and media studies. Highlighting the shifting intersection of point of view and camera position, Daniel Morgan draws on a range of theoretical arguments and detailed analyses across cinemas to reimagine the relation between spectator and camera—and between camera and film world.

With sustained accounts of how the camera moves in films by Fritz Lang, Guru Dutt, Max Ophuls, and Terrence Malick and in contemporary digital technologies, The Lure of the Image exposes the persistent fantasy that we move with the camera within the world of the film and examines the ways that filmmakers have exploited this fantasy. In so doing, Morgan provides a more flexible account of camera movement, one that enables a fuller understanding of the political and ethical stakes entailed by this key component of cinematic style.

Daniel Morgan is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and author of Late Godard and the Possibilities of Cinema.


Author: Daniel Morgan
Publish Date: August 17, 2021 (First Edition)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of California Press
Language: English
Book Size: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Pages: 305
Images: 43 b/w photographs
ISBN:  9780520344273

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