Jeffrey Geiger: Pacific Fantasy in Hollywood and Amateur Film (AFO 2015)
Jeffrey Geiger: Race at the Margins - Pacific Fantasy in Hollywood and Amateur Film
Wed 15. 4. | Divadlo hudby | 17:00
Using clips ranging from Hollywood to rare colour footage, this talk looks at race and representation at a key moment in US film history, 1920-39, when popular fantasies were spun into a plethora of Pacific island stories. The region was undergoing major upheavals, the sum of over 150 years of western intervention, and idyllic fantasy was masking a harsh reality: legacies of imperialism and the instabilities of American exceptionalism itself. Yet something else was taking place: unprecedented numbers were embarking on pleasure cruises, bringing with them new technologies of amateur and color film. Unpacking codes, conventions and aesthetics of films made just as US expansionist politics in the Pacific were nearing their zenith, this talk explores mediated relations between filmgoers, tourists, islanders, and ‘exotic’ spaces both real and imagined. Jeffrey Geiger is a Professor of Film at the University of Essex (UK) where he established the Centre for Film Studies.