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- DescriptionHermann Kappelhoff casts the evolution of cinema as an ongoing struggle to relate audiences to their historical moment. Appreciating cinema's unique ability to bind concrete living conditions to individual experience (which existing political institutions cant), he reads films by Sergei Eisenstein and Pedro Almodovar, by the New Objectivity and the New Hollywood, to demonstrate how cinema situates spectators within society. Kappelhoff applies the Deleuzean practice of thinking in images to his analysis of films and incorporates the approaches of Jacques Ranciere and Richard Rorty, who see politics in the permanent reconfiguration of poetic forms. This enables him to conceptualize film as a medium that continually renews the audiovisual spaces and temporalities through which audiences confront reality. Revitalizing the reading of films by Visconti, Fassbinder, Kubrick, Friedkin, and others, Kappelhoff affirms cinema's historical significance while discovering its engagement with politics as a realm of experience.
- Author BiographyHermann Kappelhoff is a professor in the Department for Film Studies at the Freie Universitat Berlin. He is the author of Matrix der Gefuhle: Das Kino, das Melodrama und das Theater der Empfindsamkeit, a major study on the cinematic melodrama as a paradigm of artificial emotions.
- Author(s)Hermann Kappelhoff
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication25/08/2015
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleColumbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note40 b&w photographs
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Translated byDaniel Hendrickson
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