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Afterimage presents a theory of posttraumatic film based on the encounter between cinema and the Holocaust. Locating its origin in the vivid shock of wartime footage, Afterimage focuses on a group of crucial documentary and fiction films that were pivotal to the spread of this cinematic form across different nations and genres. Joshua Hirsch explores the changes in documentary brought about by cinema verite, culminating in Shoah.

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He then turns to teh appearance of a fictional posttraumatic cinema, tracing its development through the vivid flashbacks in Resnais' Hiroshima, mon amour to the portrayal of pain and memory in Pawnbroker. He excavates a posttraumatic autobiography in three early films by the Hungarian Istvan Szabo. Finally, Hirsch examines the effects of postmodernism on posttraumatic cinema, looking at Schindler's List and a work about a different form of historical trauma, History and Memory, a videotape dealing with the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.

Sweeping in its scope, Afterimage presents a new way of thinking about film and history, trauma and its representation. Introduction to Film, Trauma, and the Holocaust2. Other books in this series.

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Table of contents PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Introduction to Film, Trauma, and the Holocaust2.

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Night and Fog and the Origins of Posttraumatic Cinema3. Shoah and the Posttraumatic Documentary after Cinema Verite4. The Pawnbroker and the Posttraumatic Flashback5. Istvan Szabo and Posttraumatic Autobiography6. Review quote "Hirsch blends a sophisticated formal analysis with a deep understanding of the cultural and philosophical implications of the films he considers The value of Hirsch's well-informed and critically self-reflective account is enhanced by the fact that he treats films that crossed the boundary between avant-garde and mainstream culture, not only inevitable reference points such as Shoah and Night and Fog but also less discussed films such as The Pawnbroker and the important work of Istvan Szabo.

From that short set of images the medium becomes the primary means of the Western representation and comprehension of this incomprehensible moment in history.


From documentaries to feature films, in Europe and in Hollywood, the Holocaust became one of the central topics of the modern cinema. Joshua Hirsch illustrates this brilliantly in his book on the image and afterimage of the Holocaust. It is readable, intelligent, and leaves room for much thought and contemplation. Gilman, author of Jewish Frontiers "While much has been written on the question of film and the Holocaust, Joshua Hirsch's thoughtful and lucid analysis breaks new ground.

In the course of theorizing a posttraumatic cinema, he raises important issues regarding the politics of representation, the nature of documentary, and, most compellingly, the relationship between movies and history. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X.