Edited Book

Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film



(2020) Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film, 1st ed. Film and Fashions. UK: Edinburgh University Press. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-shoe-reels.html

This book examines the enduring significance of shoes in the cinema through a variety of theoretical approaches; traces the relationship between one particular object (shoes) and film as a medium in order to reveal the significance of material things to cinema, thematically, formally and philosophically; reveals the political, cultural and economic power of film through its deployment of the iconography of shoes; asks if, and how, film "uses" shoes differently from other art forms, and if so what this difference reveals about the medium, and about our current age of art; and offers insights into debates around stardom; costume; gender; material objects and trauma; objects and the history of cinema; consumerism and advertising.

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Title of seriesFilm and Fashions
Publication date08/12/2020
Publication date online08/12/2020
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publisher URLhttps://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-shoe-reels.html
Place of publicationUK

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Professor Elizabeth Ezra

Professor Elizabeth Ezra

Professor of Cinema and Culture, French

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