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The Gorgon's Gaze : German Cinema, Expressionism, and the Image of Horror - Paul Coates

The Gorgon's Gaze

German Cinema, Expressionism, and the Image of Horror

By: Paul Coates, William Rothman (Editor), Dudley Andrew (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th April 1991
ISBN: 9780521384094
Number Of Pages: 304

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This interdisciplinary study of recurrent themes in German cinema as it has developed since the early twentieth century focuses on pertinent films of the pre- and post-World War II eras. The author explores the nature of expressionism, which is generally agreed to have ended with the advent of sound, and its persistence in the styles of such modern masters of film noir as Orson Welles and Ingmar Bergman. In considering the possibility of homologies between the necessary silence of pre-sound cinema and the widespread modernist aspiration to an aesthetic of silence, Coates relates theories of the sublime, the uncanny, and the monstrous to his subject. He also reflects upon problems of representability and the morality of representation of events that took place during the Nazi era.

"...Coates' insights into individual films are sensitive and stimulating." Sheila K. Johnson, The German Quarterly "These readings are characterized by great sensitivity to the films in question and are driven forward less by argumentation than by a kind of free association informed by considerable knowledge of European film and literary history and psychoanalytic approaches to film. Often what results are brilliant insights and very persuasive connections..." Monatshefte

Introduction: the uncanny and the gorgon's gaze
Silent cinema and expressionism
The sleep of reason: monstrosity and disavowal
Memory and repression in recent German cinema
Expressionism in America
Elective affinities and family resemblances: for Margarethe von Trotta
Selected bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521384094
ISBN-10: 0521384095
Series: Cambridge Studies in Film
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62

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