IIPC Debate #100
Wed the 19th September, 4-5 pm (four sharp!!!)
Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Movie Scenes and Social Scenes
Professor Will Straw, McGill University
Fiction films regularly give show images of crowds and families, couples and individuals. My talk is concerned with the ways in which the “cultural scene”, as a loosely structured group of people bound by shared interests, is characteristically shown in films. Drawing on examples from the cinemas of Brazil, France, the United States and Canada, I will examine ways in which films display cultural scenes and make them objects of understanding and fascination.
Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University. He is the author of Cyanide and Sin : Visualizing Crime in 50s America (Andrew Roth Gallery, 2006) and co-editor of several volumes including Circulation and the City: Essays on Urban Culture (with Alexandra Boutros) and Formes Urbaines (with Anouk Bélanger and Annie Gérin) and The Oxford Handbook to Canadian Cinema (co-edited with Janine Marchessault). He has published widely on cultures of the urban night, and is the author of over 150 articles on music, cinema and urban culture.