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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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Cityscapes: Panoramas and the Mobile Gaze

Cityscapes: Panoramas and the Mobile Gaze

(p.64) 3 Cityscapes: Panoramas and the Mobile Gaze
Film, Mobility and Urban Space
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines archive footage of Liverpool waterfront shot by tourists and other visitors to the city in the 1920s and 1930s. It suggests that archival film practices provide a means to explore and ‘navigate’ the dialectical processes which inform the social and cultural production of space in the city, and that that cityscape panorama represents a powerful form of urban spatial expression which has come to define an increasingly contradictory image of the city. The chapter also contends that juxtaposing contemporary representations of the waterfront with these earlier images shows the shifting cinematic geographies of a post-industrial landscape which has become increasingly virtualized and disembedded from everyday social and material landscapes.

Keywords:   Liverpool waterfront, archive footage, archival film practice, cityscape panorama, cinematic geographies, social landscape, material landscape

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