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The Utopia of Film: Cinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, and Tahimik

Christopher Pavsek


The German filmmaker Alexander Kluge has long promoted cinema's relationship with the goals of human emancipation. Jean-Luc Godard and Filipino director Kidlat Tahimik also believe in cinema's ability to bring about what Theodor W. Adorno once called a “redeemed world.” Situating the films of Godard, Tahimik, and Kluge within debates over social revolution, utopian ideals, and the unrealized potential of utopian thought and action, this book showcases the strengths, weaknesses, and undeniable impact of their utopian visions on film's political evolution. It discusses Godard's Alphaville (1965) ... More

Keywords: Alexander Kluge, cinema, Jean-Luc Godard, Kidlat Tahimik, social revolution, utopian ideals, utopian thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231160995
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Pavsek, author
Simon Fraser University