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Civic Visions: Mapping the ‘City’ Film 1900–1960

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Abstract:

Films made in and about cities offer a rich source of material for investigating projections of civic identity and citizenship and their relationship to the changing urban imaginary of the twentieth century. Focusing on a range of films made in and about a provincial city and collated by the ‘Mapping the City in Film’ project as part of research into the relationship between film, architecture, and urban space, this paper explores how textual and genre analysis can be complemented by the use of accurate mapping tools such as geographical information systems software (GIS). GIS creates a framework for an open ended multi-disciplinary, intermedial exploration of film and space in which location information can be mapped and visually organised. This enables, for example, an exploration of how various forms of place-making activity are projected at particular times by different cultures of film production and film-related practices. The paper argues that GIS visualisation methods in partnership with traditional film analysis and historical contextual information can begin to map an affective architecture of place.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14735784.2012.657912

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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