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DIE STRAHLKRAFT DER STADT. Siegfried Mattl. Austrian Film Museum, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Columbia University Press, New York. 272 pp. with 30 ills. 20 x 17 cm. ISBN 9783901644665 In German.
Publisher's description: Films, in their generic, stylistic, and rhetorical variety, are modes of experience that provide a sense for the unexpected dynamics of urban life and historical reality. This understanding of cinema, as loving as it is theoretical, inspired the writings on film which form a central part of the wide-ranging work of Austrian historian Siegfried Mattl. From the political imaginary of well-known "historical films" by Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, John Woo, and Todd Haynes, to inter-war comedies and post-war educational films highlighting the changing socio-economic textures of Vienna, and on to amateur films that offer surprising views of how Austrians adapted themselves to Nazism or consumer culture, Mattl's investigations are rich in historical context and re-evaluated material. Written with humor and a critical view of power relations, his essays and studies -- some published for the first time -- also enter into dialogues with Siegfried Kracauer's and Jacques Rancière's concepts of cinema's historicity. Exploring imagescapes of Red Vienna, of Haneke's white, or of Dylan's blues, Mattl invites us to look back at, and look out for, the ephemera that make up history.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 173921
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