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The author of the book: Michel Chion
Edition: British Film Institute
Date of issue: February 27th 2008
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Reader ratings: 6.3
ISBN: 085170932X
ISBN 13: 9780851709321
Language: English
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I was eager to get my first exposure to Chion, as I often see his criticism cited by others in publications that are difficult to access in America and/or remain untranslated. And I wasn't disappointed by his work here, a largely semiotic and formalist reading befitting a Kubrick film (his approach was perfectly tailored to the mood of this film, and I would particularly have loved to see his style applied to the kidnapping reading of the ending scene, though I suspect that reading was not yet in vogue at the time of writing). There are times where it seemed like he could have used some editorial reining-in; I thought initially that the structural choice of a series of short segments would keep him from trying to expound beyond the actual material he had (which it may have, but at other times also seems to cut him off perversely short, as if he is concerned with the length of certain sections being too far out of balance with the rest) but instead proves to not serve the purpose of the book very well, instead leading to the book overall being rather unfocused in aggregate. Too, one of his weakest arguments is made when he breaks his own rule about the inclusion in analysis of extratextual information, compelling him to stretch to make a point that demonstrates little beyond the exertion expended into making it seem almost plausible (if he felt the need to break this rule, perhaps a more interesting direction in which to go would have been an exploration of the public's general response to this film, which for many reasons feels inextricably linked to the text forever). Another odd choice was the putting forward in section 12 of what Chion describes as the optimal approach to films; it's an interesting and worthy opinion, but one wonders why it wasn't placed more forwardly, to better contextualize more specifically the angle from which Chion was approaching the work. There's also a reliance, not too heavy but in my opinion still much heavier than appropriate, on Frederic Raphael's disputed memoir, which Chion points out but fails to ever address more directly by including the opposing opinions of the complainants. Likewise, in another failure of balance, he addresses a number of alternate approaches to the source material that were considered but never seems actually interested in why the approach taken was chosen; he also notes how routines gestures gain unusual power in Eyes Wide Shut, but only in passing, never probing how the script, structure, or editing enabled that effect. This delineation of criticism is making it sound even to me as if I wasn't much impressed by this book, but I was in fact impressed by a number of Chion's sharp insights; if anything, I'm simply frustrated that they were interspersed with lazily unexamined offerings to create a significant killer/filler divide.

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