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CFS Speaker: Professor Malte Hagener (Philipps-Universität Marburg) on Split Screens and the 1960s

February 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Multiplied Image in the Late 1960s Between Hollywood and Montreal


In traditional film history, the late 1960s are characterised by two major factors. On one end of the spectrum stands a European art house cinema on the apex of its reputation characterised by brand-name auteurs. On the other end is a Hollywood cinema crumbling and aging, which will be rejuvenated by the young Turks of the New Wave. Contrary to the binary opposition of this canonical story, I want to shift the perspective and thereby complicate the picture.
By investigating the split-screen and multi-screen image, the talk will focus on two instances: the aesthetically challenging turn to split-screen in Hollywood between 1966 and 1970 with films such as Grand Prix (US 1966, John Frankenheimer), The Boston Strangler (US 1967, Richard Fleischer), The Thomas Crown Affair (US 1968, Norman Jewison), and Woodstock (US 1970, Michael Wadleigh) and the multi-screen experiments shown at the 1967 world exposition in Quebec’s capital Montréal (known for short as „Expo 67“). I want to propose a broader (expanded) cinema history which is entangled, transnational and intermedial in kind. Such an expanded cinema history encompasses expanded cinema (in Gene Youngblood’s sense), the global history of documentary (through its relations to the Canadian non-fiction tradition), big-budget mainstream filmmaking (thanks to its influence on Hollywood filmmaking) as well as the history of exhibition beyond the traditional movie history (Imax had its origin in Expo 67).

Malte Hagener is professor for the history, aesthetics, and theory of film at Philipps-Universität Marburg. He is a founding member of NECS and editor of NECSUS – European Journal of Media Studies. His books include Moving Forward, Looking Back. The European Avant-garde and the Invention of Film Culture (2007), Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (with Thomas Elsaesser, 2010), The Emergence of Film Culture (as editor, 2014), and The State of Post-Cinema: Tracing the Moving Image in the Age of Digital Dissemination (co-edited with Vinzenz Hediger and Alena Strohmaier, 2016).


February 13, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Arts Seminar Rm 7, Arts Building, The Scores, St Andrews