Cinephilia, Cinema-Going and Collecting: Cinemania
In conjunction with the forthcoming exhibition at Birkbeck’s Peltz Gallery: A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting, this evening session preceeds a screening day which will investigate cinephilia, cinema-going and cultures of collecting. Featuring a range of speakers and films, it will investigate how cinema burrows its way into the life of the cinephile: producing sprawling, intimate collections and archives, that leave curious film-related autobiographies. How do we experience contemporary cinema-going? Has the age of the classic amateur cinephile had its day? From this premise, the selection of films will look at how the everyday then embeds itself into cinema, opening up the closed circuit of a film and implicitly acknowledging the viewer.
Cinemania (2002) Stephen Kijak & Angela Christlieb, DVD
CINEMANIA is a documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City that reveals the impassioned world of five wildly obsessed movie buffs. They spend their waking hours in darkened theaters, and now, these full-time audience members step from their seats onto the big screen in this entertaining documentary which celebrates their obsessions - from the grandiosity of their aesthetic dreams to the austerity of their domestic realities. In Cinemania, the Silver Screen's biggest fans become the true stars. This is the story of their lives, their memories, their unbending habits and the films they love.
All guests are invited to join us in the gallery for a drink and to view the accompanying exhibition.
A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting will run in the Peltz Gallery from 07 October to 16 December 2016.