Death and life at the cinematic beach

Redmond, Sean 2013, Death and life at the cinematic beach, Continuum, vol. 27, no. 5, Special Issue: This is the sea : cinema at the shoreline, pp. 715-728.

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Title Death and life at the cinematic beach
Author(s) Redmond, Sean
Journal name Continuum
Volume number 27
Issue number 5
Season Special Issue: This is the sea : cinema at the shoreline
Start page 715
End page 728
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1030-4312
1469-3666
Keyword(s) beach
shoreline
death
heterotopia
youth
water
life
Summary In this article, I will examine the ways in which the beach and its shoreline is designated as both a mortal and immortal location in cinema. On the one hand, I will suggest that the beach and the shoreline can bring death to those who visit it temporarily or who go there to claim it as a permanent home of their own. The beach creates a set of narrative and aesthetic possibilities for tragic endings, murderous encounters, physical and existential suicides, and spectacular battles between opposing forces to take place. The dangerous beach, then, is locatable as a site that participates in, and helps enact, loss and the death wishes of those who come to contemplate endings, kill or fight on its shifting sands, watery edges and lost horizons. On the other hand, the beach and its shoreline will be understood as a liminal place and space, where regeneration possibilities are enacted. In cinema, death at the beach and its shoreline may not always be the end but a new start beyond the life of the frame. At the beach, within the coastal water, mortality becomes immortality, flesh and body becomes transcendence and spirit, and the death of one self can lead to the (re)birth of another.
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056171

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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