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Film, Mobility and Urban SpaceA Cinematic Geography of Liverpool$
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Les Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317576

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317248

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Cinematic Geography: Mobilizing the Archive City

Cinematic Geography: Mobilizing the Archive City

(p.1) 1 Cinematic Geography: Mobilizing the Archive City
Film, Mobility and Urban Space
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the history of the cinematic representation of the city of Liverpool, England. The book examines the case for the development of a cinematic geography in which cities-in-film provide virtual pathways to and from a city's lived spaces of history and identity, and suggests that cinematic geography offers itself up as a strategic mode of urban engagement in the contested politics of space, place and cultural memory which are shaping the landscapes of the postmodern city. It also argues that the visual geographies of representation by which film and moving-image practices compose and construct an ‘image of the city’ are typically those that map the limits, edges, gateways and synoptic spaces of representation which enable the city to be perceived as an urban object.

Keywords:   Liverpool, cinematic geography, England, lived space, urban engagement, cultural memory, visual geographies, image of city

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