Metaphors in audiovisual media receive increasing attention from film and communication studies as well as from linguistics and multimodal metaphor research. The specific media character of film, and thus of cinematic metaphor, remains, however, largely ignored. Audiovisual images are all too frequently understood as iconic representations and material carriers of information. Cinematic Metaphor proposes an alternative: starting from film images as affective experience of movement-images, it replaces the cognitive idea of viewers as information-processing machines, and heals the break with rhetoric established by conceptual metaphor theory. Subscribing to a phenomenological concept of embodiment, a shared vantage point for metaphorical meaning-making in film-viewing and face-to-face interaction is developed. The book offers a critique of cognitive film and metaphor theories and a theory of cinematic metaphor as performative action of meaning-making, grounded in the dynamics of viewers' embodied experiences with a film. Fine-grained case studies ranging from Hollywood to German feature film and TV news, from tango lesson to electoral campaign commercial, illustrate the framework's application to media and multimodality analysis.
In its complexity, modern art can be intimidating and incomprehensible for some viewers. Without detailed knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology or Christian theology-once so vivid in the minds of both artists and viewers-some of the works of the Old Masters now seem meaningless, for the secret to understanding the masterpieces of art history often lies in a system rife with symbols, themes, and motifs that are frequently opaque to today's viewers. Patrick de Rynck and Jon Thompson decipher the mysteries, using more than two hundred paintings as examples. Brief, succinct descriptions are accompanied by more than five hundred color pictures that illuminate the images and awaken interest in these and other works of art. An attractive overview of the most beautiful paintings from the Renaissance to the present day! Patrick de Rynck is a classicist, translator, and the author of several books. Jon Thompson, artist, author, and curator, was former head of the fine art department at London University, and senior research professor at the University of Middlesex up until his recent retirement.
Award-winning Dublin-based portrait photographer Mark Nixon has created a wonderful, whimsical and nostalgic collection of images of individual stuffed animals that have been lovingly abused from years of play. 'The well-worn toys show battle scars of being the prized possessions of children and cherished companions that have seen many a repair as different parts start wearing down,' says Nixon. An exhibit in the photographer's professional studio led to a small sensation on the Internet when a few of the images circulated unofficially on scores of blogs and on many legitimate news sites. Viewers have been intrigued by these funny, bittersweet images and their ironic juxtaposition of childhood innocence and aged, loving wear & tear. When you see these teddy bears and bunnies with missing noses and un-done stuffing, you can't help but think back to childhood and it earliest companions who asked for nothing and gave a lot back. MuchLoved includes sixty 4-colour portraits along withan accompanying background story for each animal.
When Magic Eye images hit the publishing world in the 1990s, the response was as magical as the 3D images popping from their colorful backgrounds. Viewers couldnt get these best-selling books fast enough. In fact, Magic Eye I, II, and III rode the New York Times best-seller list for 34 weeks and eventually sold more than 20 million copies. Now Beyond 3D: Improve Your Vision with Magic Eye takes this phenomenon to another level.Beyond 3D examines the medical benefits and scientific possibilities related to viewing these remarkable images. Clearly explained in lay terms and through the use of numerous Magic Eye illustrations, the book not only helps readers see the images, it identifies and demonstrates the many physical and performance-related enrichments that may result.Magic Eye has long been a worldwide hit. Besides North America, Japan has been a highly receptive market for the Magic Eye way of seeing. Magic Eye Inc. has already produced a similar scientific-based book for that marketwith a notable reception. Beyond 3D promises to bring its benefits to a wider audience, a group eager to experience results ranging from reduced computer eyestrain and diminished stress levels to improved overall vision and lengthened attention spans. Magic Eye continues its fascinating run!
Twenty-five years after her classic On Photography, Susan Sontag returned here to the subject of visual representations of war and violence in our culture. How does the spectacle of the sufferings of others (via television or newsprint) affect us? Are viewers inured - or incited - to violence by the depiction of cruelty? In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity - from Goya's The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and the Nazi death camps, and to more contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Israel, and Palestine, as well as New York City on September 11, 2001. Sontag once again changes the way we think about the uses and meanings of images in our world, and offers an important reflection about how war itself is waged (and understood) in our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001911/bk_adbl_001911_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the 90s when sitcoms were king, shows like Frasier, Martin, Will and Grace, Friends and Seinfeld ruled the air. Animated shows staked their claim in the market and drama series like ER had viewers obsessed.Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Project Webster continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge.
David Bell embodies the American dream. He's 28 and has survived office coups and scandals and beaten lesser rivals to become an extremely successful TV exec. The images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that enthrall viewers, they are of his making. But David's dream is turning sour, nightmarish. He wants reality, to touch, feel and record what is real. He takes a camera and journeys across America in a mad, roving quest to discover and capture some sense of his own and his country's past, present and future. Americana is Don DeLillo's brilliant first audiobook. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Newbern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/001154/bk_macm_001154_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Time and time again, television audiences gravitate to grotesque images and violent behavior like bees to honey. Be it curiosity or perversion, reality television shows continue to grow in popularity. All is fun and games until one new show's ratings skyrocket into mass-hysteria, causing utter pandemonium. Newlyweds, Paul and Shyla Westerveldt, must endure the consequences of stardom when they are chosen to participate in RBS' new show, Reality's Fugitive. The show's producers struggle to handle the onslaught when hoards of viewers compete to locate a single fugitive and capture a cash reward - a perfect storm leading to utter destruction. In a world where reality-show contestants show their willingness to do anything for fortune, fame or notoriety-regardless of the consequences, Reality's Fugitive explores the fine line between exploitation and entertainment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Capes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002640/bk_acx0_002640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even as actresses become increasingly marginalized by Hollywood, French cinema is witnessing an explosion of female talent - a Golden Age unlike anything the world has seen since the days of Stanwyck, Hepburn, Davis, and Garbo. In France, the joy of acting is alive and well. Scores of French actresses are doing the best work of their lives in movies tailored to their star images and unique personalities. Yet virtually no one this side of the Atlantic even knows about them. Viewers who feel shortchanged by Hollywood will be thrilled to discover The Beauty of the Real. This book showcases a range of contemporary French actresses to an audience that will know how to appreciate them - an American public hungry for the exact qualities that these women represent. To spend time with them, to admire their flashing intelligence and fearless willingness to depict life as it is lived, gives us what we're looking for in movies but so rarely find: insights into womanhood, meditations on the dark and light aspect's of life's journey, revelations and explorations that move viewers to reflect on their own lives. The stories they bring to the screen leave us feeling renewed and excited about movies again. Based on one-on-one interviews and the viewing of numerous films, Mick LaSalle has put together a fascinating profile of recent generations of French film stars and an overview of their best work. These women's insights and words illuminate his book, which will answer once and for all the two questions Americans most often have about women and the movies: Where did all the great actresses go? And how can I see their movies? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012619/bk_adbl_012619_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.