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Closed Circuits: Screening Narrative Surveillance

Garrett Stewart


Long before the 2013 NSA scandal about electronic surveillance, narrative cinema had become a weathervane of social phobias in regard to national security, drawing on a long history of surveillance both as theme and as audiovisual machination that saw its first heyday with the Weimar cinema of Fritz Lang. This book’s analytic return to apparatus theory, and especially to suture theory’s contrapuntal logic of seeing unseen, contributes to a new view of digital optics in this regard: one of contemporary cinema’s most urgent cultural as well as technological flashpoints. By comparison with the pr ... More

Keywords: surveillance, digital cinema, suture, montage, narratography, apparatus theory, Gilles Deleuze

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226201214
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226201351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Garrett Stewart, author
University of Iowa