Seeing, Filming and Imagining Space: Images of (Post)Modern Cityscapes in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

By Maria Helena Braga e Vaz da Costa.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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In contemporary times many researchers are prioritizing film and cultural images, visions and representations to (re)thinking about “the city” and its subjectivity as well as they are considering the symbolic codes and conventions involved in their cinematic, and also “concrete,” construction. Film images have also become an important subject for textual analyses within the context of the understanding of modernity and post-modernity, their construction and production. Thus, film textual analysis opens many possibilities for the understanding of the new typologies, codes and conventions that might appear through the process of representation and production of space. The cinema is a capable medium for building and producing new forms of visualizing, producing, imagining, and therefore living in space. Moreover, the development of new technologies, related to the new era of digitalized images within the context of contemporary film production, opens many possibilities for visualization, perception, and action in and within real and representational urban and architectural space. So, the paper will discuss the aesthetics involved in the process of imagining and constructing the city within the context of the contemporary Brazilian cinema’s representation of architecture and urban space in the so called period of the postretomada. The intention is to bring into light the notion of a “recurring memory” that is related to the aesthetic framework built by classic American cinema which, more particularly, have influenced contemporary Brazilian films in their way for representing the (post)modern architectonic and/or monumental urban space of the metropolis.

Keywords: Cityscape, (Post)Modernity, Brazilian Films

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 4, Issue 1, April 2014, pp.7-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 26, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 161.931KB)).

Dr. Maria Helena Braga e Vaz da Costa

Senior Lecturer, Arts Department, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

At the moment, until January 2013, Maria Helena Costa is living in Los Angeles, U.S., and working as a Research Scholar at the UCLA International Institute with the financial support by CAPES/Brazil. She has a BA in Architecture (1986); MPhil (1993) and DPhil(2001) in Media Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. She holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the Arts Department at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Her research interests include cinema, visual and cultural representations of space and "The City," and modern and post-modern cultures.