Monday, 19 November 2012

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“Screening Atrocity: Cinema, Decolonisation and the Holocaust”
A free, one-day postgraduate workshop taking place at Culture Lab, Newcastle University, 10th January 2013


10:30-11:00     Registration and welcome
11:00-12:00     Panel 1: Audience and Affect (Chair: Joe Barton)
                        Matt Lawson (Edge Hill): ‘Hearing Atrocity: Film Music and the Holocaust'
Gareth McAreavey (Liverpool): ‘Winning Hearts and Minds and Eyes: Recognizing Terrorism in Bouchareb’s Hors La Loi’
12:00-12:15     Break
12:15-1:15       Panel 2: Testimony and Complicity (Chair: Claire Peters)
                        Alex Adams (Newcastle): ‘Torquemada, Vichy, Paratroopers: La Question’
Iain Mossman (Cardiff): ‘Constructing the war without a name through the men without a voice: Multidirectional memory and the Algerian War Appelés in La Guerre Sans Nom’ (1992)
1:15-2:15         Lunch
2:15-3:15         Keynote Speaker: Professor Maxim Silverman
3:15-4:15         Panel 3: Presence and Absence (Chair: Alex Adams)
Claire Peters (Birmingham): “There is no present”: Cityspace, Memory, Representation and ‘Reality’ in Caché (Haneke 2005)
Kierran Horner (Kings College London): Presence and Absence: the Revelation of War in Le Joli Mai and La Jetée
4:15-4:40         Screening of Chris Marker’s La Jetée (1962)
4:40-5:00         Close

Monday, 22 October 2012

Max Silverman Quote

'My purpose is not simply to seek out narratives which deal with colonialism and the Holocaust together. It is rather an attempt to unearth an overlapping vocabulary, lexicon, imagery, aesthetic and ultimately history shared by representations of colonialism and the Holocaust'  (Silverman 2008: 420)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

In relation to Chris Marker's La jetée (1962)

'While the tolls of France's colonial wars in Indochina (1948-1954) and more
immediately in Algeria (1954-1962) are not as evident as in Marker's biography, La jetée's
bleak, post-apocalyptic setting attests to World War II's enduring malaise' (Bravo 2009: 2)

Night and Fog/The Battle of Algiers/Kapò

From top: Night and Fog (Resnais 1955), The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo 1966), Kapò (Pontecorvo 1960)
Although ostensibly about the Algerian War, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers (1966) simultaneously makes reference to earlier films about the Holocaust, including Alain Resnais's Night and Fog (1955) and his own work Kapò (1960), both of which display similar representational and formal patterns . . .

Charles Jones Quote

'It may be true that a curious empathy arising out of their experience of irregular Resistance operations against the German occupying forces in the 1940s affected many of the officers who were to serve in Algeria' (Jones 2007: 451)