Material Culture

Cinema generates a vast material culture of ‘representations of the representation’ in the form of magazines, books, souvenirs, costumes, models, masks, fan clubs, re-enactments, and so on. This ‘ephemera’ of cinema embodies the memories, identifications, aspirations, obsessions, values, etc of film audiences. It is the visceral afterglow of the sensory bombardment that is the film itself.