Brechtian Cinemas: Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie by Nenad Jovanovic

By Nenad Jovanovic

Explores the impression of Bertolt Brecht’s principles at the perform and examine of cinema.

In Brechtian Cinemas, Nenad Jovanovic makes use of examples from opt for significant filmmakers to delineate the diversity of the way during which Bertolt Brecht’s inspiration of epic/dialectic theatre has been followed and deployed in foreign cinema. Jovanovic seriously engages Brecht’s rules and their such a lot influential interpretations in movie experiences, from gear conception within the Seventies to the shortly dominant cognitivist method. He then examines a large physique of movies, together with Brecht’s personal Mysteries of a Hairdressing Salon (1923) and Kuhle Wampe (1932), Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s History Lessons (1972), Peter Watkins’s La Commune (2000), and Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac (2013). Jovanovic argues that the function of montage—a critical resource of creative estrangement (Verfremdung) in prior Brechtian films—has reduced a result of technique’s conventionalization by way of today’s Hollywood and comparable industries. working as basic brokers of Verfremdung in modern motion pictures encouraged by means of Brecht’s view of the area and the humanities, Jovanovic claims, are conventions borrowed from the most medium of his expression, theatre. Drawing upon an enormous variety of assets and disciplines that come with cultural, movie, literature, and theatre reviews, Brechtian Cinemas demonstrates a endured and extensive relevance of Brecht for the perform and figuring out of cinema.

Nenad Jovanovic is Assistant Professor of Media stories at Wright nation University.

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