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Place, memory and myth in contemporary Israeli cinema /
Anat Zanger.
imprint
Edgware : Vallentine Mitchell, 2012.
description
xxvi, 260 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0853038457 (hbk.), 9780853038450 (hbk.)
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author
imprint
Edgware : Vallentine Mitchell, 2012.
isbn
0853038457 (hbk.)
9780853038450 (hbk.)
general note
Filmography: p. [235]-239.
catalogue key
8490148
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-234) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-04-01:
Given the number of important, critically recognized Israeli films, this is a welcome book. Applying theories of Gilles Deleuze, Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Irit Rogoff, among others, Zanger (Tel Aviv Univ., Israel) deconstructs the ways place and memory create mythologies of Israeli identity and culture in films. Studying both "classic" films of the 1960s (by Uri Zohar and Ephraim Kishon) and more contemporary works (by Eran Riklis, Nurit Kedar, and Yoav Shamir), the author analyzes "the camera's function as a social and moral agent" in commenting on Israeli cultural creation. Zanger introduces archetypal symbols such as the desert, the sea, and the garden and locates their presence in key Israeli films starting in the 1960s. Her consideration of symbols juxtaposes their use in sacred (Jerusalem, the ritual bath) and everyday (the city, the sea) contexts to reveal the uniquely Israeli articulation of "the sacred and the profane" in film. Finally, Zanger's attention to the place of minorities--including women, Mizrahim, and Arabs--within Israel greatly enhances the book's timely appeal. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. E. Jaffe-Berg University of California, Riverside
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Zanger examines several Israeli fictional and non-fictional films, and how their portrayal of landscape and territory provides a unique perspective on Jewish and Israeli identity.
Main Description
Almost 2,000 years of Jewish exile created a gap between the idea of 'the Israeli place' and how the modern State of Israel has actualized that idea. Israeli cinema contains layered expressions of this issue, and place and space function in this book both as the subject matter of the analysis and as a theoretical tool. This innovative perspective enables us to discern themes significant both to contemporary culture (maps, borders, checkpoints and military zones) and Jewish mythology (garden, dessert, water, Jerusalem and sacred space). The author includes references to Israeli literature and art, and interweaves observations from the fields of visual studies, cultural studies, mythology and Jewish thought, as well as cinema studies, to create a thought provoking analysis.
Main Description
This book examines several Israeli fictional and non-fictional films, and how their portrayal of landscape and territory provides a unique perspective on Jewish and Israeli identity. The book demonstrates how space in film is not only a 'container' for events in the plot, but an event in and of itself, since space and place are significant elements in the on-going negotiations regarding Jewish and Israeli identity. Films capture more than just the outward appearance of a place: they also record a web of unruly traces of economic, social, and political systems. Almost 2,000 years of Jewish exile created a gap between the idea of 'the Israeli place' and how the modern State of Israel has actualized that idea. Israeli cinema contains layered expressions of this issue, and, in this book, place and space function both as the subject matter of the analysis and as a theoretical tool. This innovative perspective will enable readers to discern themes significant both to contemporary culture (maps, borders, checkpoints, and military zones) and Jewish mythology (garden, desert, water, Jerusalem, and sacred space). Place, Memory and Myth in Contemporary Israeli Cinema includes references to Israeli literature and art, and it interweaves observations from the fields of visual studies, cultural studies, mythology, and Jewish thought to create a thought-provoking analysis.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xxv
An Introduction: On Place and Its Memoryp. 1
Placing the Image
Mapsp. 25
Borders and Checkpointsp. 41
Military Sacred Zonep. 57
Imaging the Place
Under the Waterp. 79
The Desert or The Myth of Empty Spacep. 99
The Disappearing Gardenp. 119
Images in Rewind
Jerusalem's Skyline: Between the Sacred and the Abjectp. 153
The Orange Peel Pathp. 195
Bibliographyp. 211
Filmographyp. 235
Indexp. 241
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