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Hollywood Flatlands : Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde - Esther Leslie

Hollywood Flatlands

Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde

Paperback Published: 17th June 2004
ISBN: 9781844675043
Number Of Pages: 344

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With ruminations on drawing, colour and caricature, on the political meaning of fairy-tales, talking animals and human beings as machines, Hollywood Flatlands brings to light the links between animation, avant-garde art and modernist criticism. Focusing on the work of aesthetic and political revolutionaries of the inter-war period, Esther Leslie reveals how the animation of commodities can be studied as a journey into modernity in cinema. She looks afresh at the links between the Soviet Constructivists and the Bauhaus, for instance, and those between Walter Benjamin and cinematic abstraction. She also provides new interpretations of the writings of Siegfried Kracauer on animation, shows how Theodor Adorno's and Max Horkheimer's film viewing affected their intellectual development, and reconsiders Sergei Eisenstein's famous handshake with Mickey Mouse at Disney's Hyperion Studios in 1930.

""Perceptive and elegant.""-- Times literary Supplement "in this incisive and profound study, you find such classic subjects as Adolph Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, Leon Trotsky, Mickey Mouse, Nazism, Leni Riefenstahl, Theodor W. Adorna, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dumbo, Betty Boop, the class Struggle, Piet Mondrian, Walter Benjamin and Walt Disney (along with much, much more)." -- Giannalberto Bendazzi, Animation World Net "Once in a long while, a book appears that meets all the high standards of scholarship. In the field of animation, Leslie's Hollywood Flatlands is that work ... groundbreaking." -- Choice - A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2003 "Brash and erudite, Hollywood Flatlands treats animated cartoons as an avant-garde taste and anti-illusionism as a Modernist problematic." -- London Review of Books "In an age when the Walt Disney Co. ... is completely lost to sober cultural debate, it is not insignificant to remember that, quite recently, the opposite was the case." -- Los Angeles Times "...is about much more than the House of Mouse, tracing with a deft hand the aesthetic precursors of film animation in the work of Hans Richter, Walter Ruttman and Dziga Vertov." -- Radical Philosophy "[a] vital new book" -- ASIFA

Preludep. v
Preclusion: experi-mentalp. 1
Zeros, dots and dashes: drawing and the european avant-gardep. 33
Mickey mouse, utopia and walter benjaminp. 80
Leni and walt: deutsch--amerikanische freundschaftp. 123
Eye-candy and adorno's silly symphoniesp. 158
Siegfried kracauer, dumbo and class strugglep. 200
Eisenstein shakes mickey's hand in hollywoodp. 219
Techne-colourp. 251
Winding up: a flat endingp. 289
Notesp. 301
Select bibliographyp. 331
Acknowledgementsp. 338
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9781844675043
ISBN-10: 1844675041
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition