Alexander Kluge
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Alexander Kluge

By Tara Forrest
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Book Description

Alexander Kluge is best known as a founding member of the New German Cinema. His work, however, spans a diverse range of fields and, over the last fifty years, he has been active as a filmmaker, writer and television producer. This book - the first of its kind in English - comprises a wide selection of texts, including articles and stories by Kluge, television transcripts, critical essays by renowned international scholars, and interviews with Kluge himself. It will be a valuable resource for students and scholars in the fields of film, television, and literary studies, as well as those interested in exploring the intersections between art, politics, and social change.

Alexander Kluge is vooral bekend als een van de oprichters van de Nieuwe Duitse Cinema. In de afgelopen vijftig jaar was hij naast filmmaker ook schrijver en tv-producent. Dit boek biedt de lezer een uitgebreide inleiding tot de belangrijkste thema's, problemen en ideeën uit Kluges baanbrekende films, televisie- en literaire producties. Het brede overzicht van teksten in deze collectie - met inbegrip van artikelen en verhalen van Kluge, kritische essays door gerenommeerde internationale wetenschappers, televisietranscripten en interviews met Kluge zelf - is waardevol voor studenten en wetenschappers op het gebied van film-, televisie- en literatuurstudies, en voor diegenen die geïnteresseerd zijn in de raakvlakken tussen kunst, politiek en sociale verandering.

Table of Contents
  • Alexander Kluge
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Editor’s Introduction
  • The Stubborn Persistence of Alexander Kluge
  • Film, Politics and the Public Sphere
    • On Film and the Public Sphere
    • Cooperative Auteur Cinema and Oppositional Public Sphere: Alexander Kluge’s Contribution to Germany in Autumn
    • ‘What is Different is Good’: Women and Femininity in the Films of Alexander Kluge
  • Rethinking History
    • In Search of Germany: Alexander Kluge’s The Patriot
    • Alexander Kluge and German History: ‘The Air Raid on Halberstadt on 8.4.1945’
    • The Air Raid on Halberstadt, 8 April 1945(extract)
  • Realism as Protest
    • Construction Site Film: Kluge’s Idea of Realism and His Short Films
    • The Sharpest Ideology: That Reality Appeals to its Realistic Character
    • Debate on the Documentary Film: Conversation with Klaus Eder, 1980
  • Opera as a ‘Power Plant of Emotion’
    • Undoing Act 5: History, Bodies and Operatic Remains in The Power of Emotion
    • ‘Feelings Can Move Mountains …’: AnInterview with Alexander Kluge on the Film The Power of Feelings
    • Alexander Kluge’s Phantom of the Opera
  • Storytelling and Politics
    • An Analytic Storyteller in the Course of Time
    • The Political as Intensity of Everyday Feelings
    • At the 2003 International Security Conference
  • Television and Counter-Public Spheres
    • Raw Materials for the Imagination: Kluge’sWork for Television
    • Television and Obstinacy
    • Reframing Islam in Television: Alexander Kluge’s Interviews on Islamand Terrorism since 9/11
    • In the Real Time of Feelings: Interview with Alexander Kluge
  • Television Interviews
    • Character Armour and MobileWarfare
    • Jeff Mills: Godfather of Techno
    • Tsunami of Emotion: On Puccini’s Tosca
  • Early Cinema/RecentWork
    • Reinventing the Nickelodeon: Notes on Kluge and Early Cinema
    • ‘All Things Are Enchanted Human Beings’: Remarks on Alexander Kluge’s News from Ideological Antiquity
  • Selected Bibliography of English-Language Texts
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index of Names
  • Index ofWorks
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