Ecocinema and gender

Authored by: Alexa Weik von Mossner

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138924956
eBook ISBN: 9781315684062
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408055


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The medium of film is in multiple ways connected to its larger environment, an environment in which it is shot, edited, and screened, and that also produces the raw materials necessary for film production, distribution, and exhibition. Films are materially embedded in various environments and at the same time represent such environments on screen. Characters and their actions make stories, but these stories inevitably take place within some kind of setting, a cinematic environment. It may be natural landscape, like the Virunga Mountains in Michael Apted’s Gorillas in the Mist (1988), or it may be urban and specifically built for the film, like the futuristic cityscape of Los Angeles in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982). It may also be wholly artificial and virtual, such as Pandora’s enticing forest in James Cameron’s Avatar (2009). Regardless of the origin and degree of authenticity of a cinematic environment, characters stand in relation to that environment and to the nonhuman actors that populate it.

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