BOOK DATA Richard Grusin and Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece, eds., Ends of Cinema. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. $112 cloth, $28 paper, $26.60 e-book. 248 pages.

Richard Grusin and Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece’s edited volume Ends of Cinema begins with an assurance to the reader: this is not a book bemoaning the “death of cinema” at the hands of digital technology, prestige television, home video, Netflix, or even (if it had been published a year later) COVID-19. One of the book’s clearest aims is to distance itself from the familiar debates around the death of cinema that saturated both academic film studies and film culture in the 2000s. This is a distancing not just from the elegiac—and sometimes conservative—tone that often accompanies such a discourse, but also from a manner of theorizing about the death of cinema at the turn of the twenty-first century. The problem with this theorizing, as this volume’s...

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