2011 | Secrets of the Orient

Duration, Movement and Costume in the Cinematic Experience of the East

11-12 November 2011

Yale University

Borrowing the suggestive title ‘Secrets of the Orient’ from the 1928 German-French studio spectacular, the symposium will focus on the use of fashion, costume and mise en scène in the construction of an Orientalist imaginary in Western as well as Eastern cinema.

The symposium will bring together critics, historians, theoreticians and practitioners to discuss the crucial role that costume, sets and props have played in defining and illustrating Western visions of the East while at the same time pointing to films that unsettle, critique or reposition these fantastical visions. The symposium will consider how various aspects of “dressing” film (through movement, duration, texture etc.) or un/dressing in film construct cultural identity and “otherness” as well as a kind of “cosmopolitan body” that suggests a global vernacular erasing cultural difference.

Sponsor: Cultural Services of the Embassy of France; Calhoun College, Film Study Center, ITS Academic Technologies; Film Studies Program; KG Productions; the Museum of the Moving Image; and the Whitney Humanities Center. Of spe-cial note, this symposium was generously supported by the British Council, the Edward J. & Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund at Yale, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Contact Information: Katherine Germano, katherine.germano@yale.edu (203-436-4668)

Themes and Events

Saturday 12th November, 2011

9:30am: The Art of Undressing: Automation and Exposure at the Margins of Cinema Amy Herzog (Media Studies, Queens College, CUNY) 10:15am: John Maybury and the London Underground Alistair O’Neil (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) 11:15am The Fabric of Film in Michelangelo Antonioni Eugenia Paulicelli (Italian, Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies, Queens College, CUNY) 1:30pm What Happened to Khadi?: Fashion and Female Stardom in Contemporary Indian Film and Politics Anupama Kapse (Media Studies, Queens College, CUNY): 2:15pm: New Mimesis: Wearing the ... More information »

Friday 11th November, 2011

4.00pm: Welcome Becky Conekin (European Studies Council, Yale University) 4:15pm: Selling Orientalism in the Global Film Market: House of Flying Daggers, Costume and Blockbuster Aesthetics Ron Gregg (Film Studies, Yale University) 5:00pm: Entertainment Goes Oriental-mental: costuming late-19th and early-20th century Stage Magic, Theatre and Early Cinema Marketa Uhlirova (Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London) 8:00pm : Screening of Michelangelo Antonioni shorts followed by Latcho Drom (dir Tony Gatlif, 1993) Special thanks to KG Productions and the Embassy of France More information »