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Dead time: Cinema, Heidegger, and boredom

Misek, Richard (2010) Dead time: Cinema, Heidegger, and boredom. Continuum, 24 (5). pp. 777-785. ISSN 1030-4312. (doi:10.1080/10304312.2010.505331) (KAR id:35712)

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This article explores cinematic boredom. It investigates how feature films exemplify prevailing cultural attitudes towards boredom, and suggests that dominant cinema's fear of being ‘boring’ reflects a cultural refusal to address the implications of time passing. Most feature films kill time. The article analyses how and why they do so, and then explores what happens when a film refuses to kill time. By engaging with temporality, a film may risk being called ‘boring’ but it may also perform the important cultural role of encouraging us to reflect on the limited time-span of our own lives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10304312.2010.505331
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 14:34 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:48 UTC
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