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UNSPEAKABLE HISTORIES: FILM AND THE EXPERIENCE OF CATASTROPHE. William Guynn. Columbia University Press, New York, 2016. 256 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780231177962 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 173892. Publisher's description: In Unspeakable Histories, William Guynn focuses on the sensation of encountering past events through film. Film is capable, he argues, of triggering moments of heightened awareness in which the barrier between the past and the present can fall and the reality of the past we thought lost can be momentarily rediscovered in its material being. In his readings of seven exceptional works depicting twentieth century atrocities, Guynn explores the emotional resonance that still adheres to traumatic historical events. Guynn considers dimensions of experience that historiography leaves untouched. Yael Hersonski's A Film Unfinished (2010) deconstructs scenes from the Nazi propaganda film Das Ghettothrough the testimony of ghetto survivors. Andrzej Wajda's Katyn (2007) revivifies the murder of the Polish officer corps (in which Wajda's father perished) by Stalin's security forces during the Second World War. Andrei Konchalovsky's Siberiade (1979) reimagines the turbulent history of the Soviet Union from the perspective of an isolated Siberian village.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 173891
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