The UNM Bookstore hosts Professor Emeritus Ira Jaffe Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. for a discussion on his book, Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of Action. This event is free and open to the public.

Slow Movies investigates movies by acclaimed international directors who, in the past three decades, have challenged mainstream cinema’s reliance on motion and action. More than other realist art cinema, slow movies by Lisandro Alonso, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pedro Costa, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Gus Van Sant and others radically adhere to space-times in which emotion is repressed along with motion; editing and dialogue yield to stasis and contemplation; action surrenders to emptiness if not death. 

Jaffe is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Cinematic Arts. He is also former presidential lecturer and associate dean in the UNM College of Fine Arts, which he joined after teaching at University of Southern California School of Cinema. Jaffe is author of “Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of Action” (Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2014) and “Hollywood Hybrids: Mixing Genres in Contemporary Films” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) and co-editor of Redirecting the “Gaze: Gender, Theory and Cinema in the Third World” (State University of New York Press, 1999).

Jaffe also founded the UNM International Cinema Lecture Series and Arts of the Americas Film. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. from University of Southern California.

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