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This is the first study that employs a materialist framework to discuss the political implications of form in the films of Lars von Trier. Focusing mainly on early films, Politics as Form in Lars von Trier identifies recurring formal elements in von Trier's oeuvre and discusses the formal complexity of his films under the rubric of the post-Brechtian. Through an in depth formal analysis, the book shows that Brecht is more important to von Trier's work than most critics acknowledge and deems von Trier a dialectical filmmaker. This study draws on many untranslated resources and features…mehr

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This is the first study that employs a materialist framework to discuss the political implications of form in the films of Lars von Trier. Focusing mainly on early films, Politics as Form in Lars von Trier identifies recurring formal elements in von Trier's oeuvre and discusses the formal complexity of his films under the rubric of the post-Brechtian. Through an in depth formal analysis, the book shows that Brecht is more important to von Trier's work than most critics acknowledge and deems von Trier a dialectical filmmaker. This study draws on many untranslated resources and features interviews with Lars von Trier and his mentor, the great Danish director Jørgen Leth.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc
  • Seitenzahl: 264
  • Erscheinungstermin: 24.10.2013
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781623561338
  • Artikelnr.: 48421141
Autorenporträt
Angelos Koutsourakis is Associate Professor in Film and Cultural Studies at the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures, University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of Rethinking Brechtian Film Theory and Cinema (2018), Politics as Form in Lars von Trier (Bloomsbury, 2013) and the co-editor of Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe (2020) and of The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos (2015).
Inhaltsangabe
Preface and AcknowledgementsNotes to the TextForeword: Looking Back 1. From Brechtian to Post-Brechtian Cinema. Lars von Trier and the Post-Brechtian Brecht on the Film MediumBrecht's Critique of the Institution of CinemaWhat is Post-Brechtian Cinema?Locating von Trier in the post-BrechtianChallenging the Cinematic InstitutionArtaudian Cruelty as Verfremdungseffekt 2. Historical Fragments in the Europa Trilogy Europe is PainfulBeyond the FabelAudiovisual Plenitude: the Individual in Crisis Dialectical Images Literalization of the Medium: the Essay as FormHistory as TransitionOn Film Voyeurism 3. The Primacy of the ApparatusBack to the 1970s? Dogme 95 Realism and Anti-Illusionism Technology and ProductivityThe Idiots: Performant Function and Performative CameraInterrupting the NarrativePerformance as FormCharacters as Bodily EffectsPerforming out of CharacterReflections on the Primacy of the Apparatus: Post-Dogme Developments, Rules and Automavision 4. Dogville and Manderlay: Experimentation and Dialectical NegationsRepresentation as an ExperimentExperimentation as PedagogyTheatricality: Attitudes in SpacePerformative ContradictionsNarrative Openness as Negative DialecticsEpilogue: Dialogue with the 'Dissensual' PastAppendix:Interview with Lars von TrierInterview with Jørgen LethManifestos Filmography and BibliographyIndex
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Koutsourakis's examination of the often-examined Lars von Trier is refreshing for a couple of reasons. First, Koutsourakis (research fellow, Centre for Modernism Studies, Univ. of New South Wales, Australia) foregoes biographical attention to von Trier the man in the interest of restoring focus on the formal complexities of the films themselves. Second, Koutsourakis interprets the films through a postmodern rethinking of Bertolt Brecht, and he dedicates the first chapter, 50 pages or so, to Brecht and defining "post-Brechtian"--which should interest scholars of theater, performance studies, and contemporary cinema. The book is strongly argued and will prove useful to those interested in von Trier. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. CHOICE