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After Authority

Global Art Cinema and Political Transition

Kalling Heck (author)

ISBN: 9781978806986

Publication Date: Feb 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explores the tendency in art cinema to respond to political transition by turning to ambiguity, a system that ideally stems the reemergence of authoritarian logics in art and elsewhere. After Authority proposes a history of art cinema predicated on the potentials, possibilities, and politics of ambiguity.
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After Authority explores the tendency in art cinema to respond to political transition by turning to ambiguity, a system that ideally stems the reemergence of authoritarian logics in art and elsewhere. By comparing films from Italy, Hungary, South Korea, and the United States, this book contends that the aesthetic tradition of ambiguity in art cinema can be traced to post-authoritarian conditions and that it is in the context of a transition away from authoritarianism where art cinema aesthetics become legible. Art cinema, then, can be seen as a mode of cinematic practice that is at its core political, as its constitutive ambiguity finds its roots in the rejection of centralized and hierarchical configurations of authority. Ultimately, After Authority proposes a history of art cinema predicated on the potentials, possibilities, and politics of ambiguity.
Illustrations 30 black & white images
Pages 180
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 9
Date Published 28 Feb 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Films, cinema   Media studies   Art treatments & subjects   Film theory & criticism   Systems of law   Fascism & Nazism   Freedom of information & freedom of speech  
Kalling Heck is the Lossett Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

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