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In December 2013 Professor Ewa Mazierska published a book examining the representation of work in cinema.

labour and the human condition

Cinema frequently depicts various types of work, but this representation is never straightforward. It depends on and reflects many factors, most importantly the place and time the film is made and the type of audience it addresses. In this volume, the contributors employ transnational and transhistorical perspectives to compare films from different countries, periods, and genres. Rather than prescribe a specific meaning of work, the collection explores its fuzzy edges, including sex work, criminal work, situations where the jobs’ purpose is to reduce work, and other marginal types of labor. The contributors draw attention to the paradox that although there is seemingly less work to be done now than it was in the past, the central role of work in human life has not been challenged: it is seen as the human condition.


About the Author(s)le of ContenIntroduction: Work, Struggle and Cinema; Ewa Mazierska
1. Affective Labor and Alienation in Up in the Air; Ian Fraser
2. Becoming Cinema: The Social Network, Exploitation in the Digital Age, and the Film Industry; William Brown
3. The New European Cinema of Precarity: A Transnational Perspective; Alice Bardan
4. Acting as Value in the Age of Neoliberalism: Juliette Binoche in Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown; Zaneta Jamrozik
5. The Trauma of Daedalus: The Labyrinth of Labour in Brazilian Cinema; Alfredo Suppia
6. Beyond Work and Sex in Czech Cinema; David Sorfa
7. Desensitised Migrants: Organised Crime Workers in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Aleksei Balabanov’s Stoker; Alexandar Mihailovic
8. The Damnation of Labour in the Films of Bela Tarr; Christina Stojanova
9. You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Work, But it Helps: Work in Comedies of the 1930s; Glyn White
10. The Migrations of Factory Style: Work, Play and Work-as-Play in Andy Warhol, Chantal Akerman and Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Jonathan L. Owen
11. Work in Outer Space: Notes on Eastern European Science Fiction Cinema; Eva Näripea
12. Work in Bicycle Cinema: From Race Rider to City Courier; Lars Kristensen
13. Documentaries, Work and Global Challenges; Ib Bondebjerg


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