Cinematic Contemplation Online: The Art and Philosophy of Life-world Series (2017)
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Composed of ten short film episodes shot in Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, mainland China, and the United States of America, Life-world Series (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2017, 118 min) operates under the aesthetics entailed in the realist film theory of Siegfried Kracauer—anchored in the cinematic realist tropes of the quotidian, the fortuitous, the indeterminate, the flow of life, and the spiritual life itself—in contemplating the phenomenological notion of the life-world (Lebenswelt). This chapter demonstrates how engaging this set of tropes as a basis for film aesthetics fosters insights on our shared Lebenswelt that transcends geographical boundaries.
KeywordsFilm art Realism Phenomenology Realist film theory Siegfried Kracauer.
The research that led to the current book chapter was supported in part by the University of the Philippines through the PhD Incentive Award given to the author.
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