In search of a lost cinema: Cinephilia and multidirectional moving image memory in Golden Slumbers

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Krämer, Marie
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Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
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This article shows how creative approaches can contribute to a productive engagement with losses in film heritage. By (re)producing and (re)circulating images, sounds and narratives, documentaries on film heritage in particular relate to larger contexts of cultural and moving image memory. On the one hand, they are premediated by older productions, including feature films. On the other hand, they bring in new artistic, political and/or social perspectives. Golden Slumbers (Davy Chou, 2012), a documentary about Cambodia's lost film heritage before the Khmer Rouge period, serves as an example to illustrate these ideas. It carries a dual perspective that is simultaneously post-migratory and marked by (French) cinephilia as a cinematographic memory culture. In order to do justice to this complexity, dynamic concepts from the field of memory studies such as Svetlana Boym’s notion of nostalgia (Boym 2001) and Michael Rothberg’s concept of multidirectional memory (Rothberg 2009) are drawn on alongside literature on the history and theory of (French) cinephilia. In this way, cinephilia is reimagined as a multidirectional moving image memory culture that plays a particularly important but also complex role with regard to film heritage. In conclusion, several questions are outlined that need to be explored in further research.
Cinephilia , Film heritage , Moving image memory , Documentary , Film festival
Krämer, M. (2021) 'In search of a lost cinema: Cinephilia and multidirectional moving image memory in Golden Slumbers', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 21, pp. 72-88.