European Cinema and Continental Philosophy
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European Cinema and Continental Philosophy

Film As Thought Experiment
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ISBN-13:
9781441182210
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.12.2018
Seiten:
341
Autor:
Thomas Elsaesser
Gewicht:
543 g
Format:
228x151x27 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Elsaesser, Thomas
THOMAS ELSAESSER was Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam. His recent authored works included European Cinema and Continental Philosophy (2018); Film History as Media Archaeology (2016); German Cinema - Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory since 1945 (2013); and The Persistence of Hollywood (2011).
This groundbreaking volume for the Thinking Cinema series focuses on the extent to which contemporary cinema contributes to political and philosophical thinking about the future of Europe's core Enlightenment values. In light of the challenges of globalization, multi-cultural communities and post-nation state democracy, the book interrogates the borders of ethics and politics and roots itself in debates about post-secular, post-Enlightenment philosophy.

By defining a cinema that knows that it is no longer a competitor to Hollywood (i.e. the classic self-other construction), Elsaesser also thinks past the kind of self-exoticism or auto-ethnography that is the perpetual temptation of such a co-produced, multi-platform 'national cinema as world cinema'. Discussing key filmmakers and philosophers, like: Claire Denis and Jean-Luc Nancy; Aki Kaurismäki, abjection and Julia Kristeva; Michael Haneke, the paradoxes of Christianity and Slavoj Zizek; Fatih Akin, Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière, Elsaesser is able to approach European cinema and assesses its key questions within a global context. His combination of political and philosophical thinking will surely ground the debate in film philosophy for years to come.
Focuses on the extent to which contemporary cinema contributes to political/philosophical thinking about the future of Europe's core Enlightenment values - liberty, fraternity, equality.
Focuses on the extent to which contemporary cinema contributes to political/philosophical thinking about the future of Europe's core Enlightenment values - liberty, fraternity, equality.
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: European Cinema into the 21st Century: Enlarging the Context?
Chapter 2: Film as Thought: The 'Film and Philosophy' Debate
Chapter 3: Film as Thought Experiment
Chapter 4: "Europe" - A Thought Experiment
Chapter 5: A Cinema of Abjection?
Chapter 6: Post-heroic Narratives and the Community-to-Come
Chapter 7: Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy and Beau Travail
Chapter 8: Hitting Bottom: Aki Kaurismäki and the Abject Subject: The Man Without A Past
Chapter 9: "Experimenting with Death in Life" Fatih Akin and the Ethical Turn
Chapter 10: Black Suns and a Bright Planet: Lars von Trier's Melancholia as Thought Experiment
Chapter 11: Anatomy Lesson of A Vanished Country: Christian Petzold's Barbara
Chapter 12: Control, Creative Constraints and Self Contradiction: The Global Auteur

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