Marxism and Film Activism: Screening Alternative Worlds

In Theses on Feuerbach, Marx writes "The philosophers have in simple terms interpreted the area another way; the purpose is to alter it." This assortment examines how filmmakers have attempted to alter the area by means of conducting emancipatory politics of their paintings, and the way audiences have acquired them. It provides a large spectrum of case stories, overlaying either movie and electronic expertise, with examples from all through cinematic historical past and world wide, together with Soviet Russia, Palestine, South the US, and France. Discussions diversity from the vintage Marxist cinema of Aleksandr Medvedkin, Chris Marker, and Jean-Luc Godard, to contemporary media resembling five damaged Cameras (2010), the phenomena of video-blogging, and bicycle activism movies.

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Karl Marx and Frederick Engels on Literature and Art. Documents on Marxist Aesthetics 1. Nottingham: CCC Press. Debray, R. 1979. ‘A Modest Contribution to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Tenth Anniversary’, New Left Review 1(115): 45–65. Emmelhainz, I. 2009. ‘From Third Worldism to Empire: Jean-Luc Godard and the Palestine Question’, Third Text 23(5): 649–56. Foucault, M. 1991. Remarks on Marx. New York: Semiotext(e). ———. 2008. ‘Unbelievable but Real: the Legacy of ’68’, Sight & Sound 18(5): 28–32.

1970. Jean-Luc Godard. 5 Broken Cameras. 2011. Emad Burnat. 1 Cinema would not only move towards a more adequate representation of reality, but would fulfil an emancipatory promise: it would construct the world and bring us closer to truth. This ambitious expectation embedded the cinematic apparatus with new powers, which one could provisionally name cinematic modernism,2 and which was famously pronounced in Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility’. For Benjamin film ‘presents’ and ‘interpenetrates’ reality with its apparatus; moreover, film was able to explore ‘the commonplace millieux .

2000. Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. Wind from the East (Le vent d’est). 1970. Jean-Luc Godard. 5 Broken Cameras. 2011. Emad Burnat. 1 Cinema would not only move towards a more adequate representation of reality, but would fulfil an emancipatory promise: it would construct the world and bring us closer to truth. This ambitious expectation embedded the cinematic apparatus with new powers, which one could provisionally name cinematic modernism,2 and which was famously pronounced in Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility’.

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