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Desires for Reality

Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film

Benjamin Halligan

262 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-110-7 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Published (February 2016)

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Desires for Reality addresses a long-overlooked aspect of film culture in a manner that is both subtle and probing. Halligan analyzes theory and practice in a lucid and persuasive manner, connecting film culture not only to politics but also other art forms such as music and the plastic arts. I know of no other work that covers the same territory from this perspective, which offers a paradigm shift in the manner that we as scholars might think and write about this era.” · Catherine Wheatley, King’s College London

“Halligan’s reading of 1960s European cinema history is compelling and intricate. He moves beyond pre-existing scholarly categories and offers a new approach to these films, introducing them to unlikely company and providing fresh ways of looking at them. This book has the potential to reinvigorate debates about film history, revolutionary culture, realism and modernism, and a variety of other topics.” · Catherine Fowler, University of Otago

As with many aspects of European cultural life, film was galvanized and transformed by the revolutionary fervor of 1968. This groundbreaking study provides a full account of the era’s cinematic crises, innovations, and provocations, as well as the social and aesthetic contexts in which they appeared. The author mounts a genuinely fresh analysis of a contested period in which everything from the avant-garde experiments of Godard, Pasolini, Schroeter, and Fassbinder to the “low” cinematic genres of horror, pornography, and the Western reflected the cultural upheaval of youth in revolt—a cinema for the barricades.

Benjamin Halligan is the Director of the Doctoral College of the University of Wolverhampton. His publications include Michael Reeves (2003), and the co-edited collections The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (2013) and The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (2015).

Subject: Film Studies Postwar History
Area: Europe

LC: PN1995.9.P6 H35 2016

BISAC: PER004030 PERFORMING ARTS/Film & Video/History & Criticism; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; HIS010000 HISTORY/Europe/General

BIC: APFA Film theory & criticism; HBTB Social & cultural history




Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. “All All All”

Chapter 2. Prehistory – from Late Neo-Realism to the New Waves
Chapter 3. Crises of Post-Bazinian Realism
Chapter 4. Film and Revolutionism

Conclusion: Seized, Freed, Remade and Deployed

Filmography
References
Index
 

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