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The Politics and Poetics of Cinematic Realism

Hermann Kappelhoff


Hermann Kappelhoff casts the evolution of cinema as an ongoing struggle to relate audiences to their historical moment. Appreciating cinema's unique ability to bind concrete living conditions to individual experience (which existing political institutions cannot), he reads films by Sergei Eisenstein and Pedro Almodóvar, by the New Objectivity and the New Hollywood, as well as the New German Cinema to demonstrate how cinema situates spectators within society, how it repositions audiences with respect to their reality as participants in political communities. Kappelhoff applies the Deleuzean pra ... More

Keywords: realism, politics of aesthetics, cinematic experience, poetics, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170727
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hermann Kappelhoff, author
Freie Universität Berlin