Hi all, I wanted to make a short plug for an ongoing project I’ve been working on over the last month about one of my all time favorite films: Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988). Recently I’ve been experimenting with an incredible new web building tool developed by The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture called Scalar. This project grew out of a class I took last semester with Barry Mauer and Anastasia Salter at The University of Central Florida and has continued to grow since. For more information about Scalar please feel free to look at the trailer below:
It’s truly some exciting stuff to say the least. In my humble opinion, it won’t be long until born-digital projects such as the one I am experimenting with will become as prevalent as traditional peer-reviewed journal submissions. What is most exciting about projects such as these is the fact that it is a living document that can continue to be edited, revised, expanded, and improved upon indefinitely.
If you click on the picture above you will be redirected to the Scalar page I created. From there you will be able to navigate a reconstructed narrative of the film Cinema Paradiso. Even if you have not seen it (then I suggest you stop whatever you’re doing and go to Netflix ASAP!) the context clues I provide will be enough for you to still follow along. If you’re already familiar with the film’s classic ending, then you may have a greater appreciation for what I am attempting to do. Moreover, this is not a method that can be accomplished through a traditional periodical review, the need to incorporate film clips, author bios, musical accompaniment, and various other multi-modal devices help to provide an immersive experience into critical film studies for novice and expert alike.
So far I’ve only have had time to complete the first part of what can potentially be many ways to dissect and analyze this beautifully layered film. The second part which I’ve tagged in the final page is a bit more ambitious and I certainly welcome feedback and suggestions on how best to take it on. So if you have the time and would like to take a quick crash course in what could very well be the future of film studies, please feel free to read, review and respond!