Saturday, February 23, 2008

Ruskinesque Cinema?

Courtesy of classfellow J.W.
I rented "Manufactured Landscapes" a couple weeks ago and it is more than relevant to Ruskin's arguments about manufacturing and dehuminization (Eng 206). It is basically a decade long photographic/cinematic journal by Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky about how man has completely changed natural landscapes into his own 'manufactured landscape'. Completely moving. The film opens with a ten minute (maybe longer) filmed traverse of a Chinese manufacturing plant. I strongly recommend it and it may be worth a quick mention in class if any students are interested....

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