Alexander Kluge : the last modernist /

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Author / Creator:Lutze, Peter C.
Imprint:Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c1998.
Description:296 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series:Contemporary film and television series
Subject:Kluge, Alexander, -- 1932- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Kluge, Alexander, -- 1932-
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:0814326560 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Filmography: p. 245-260.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-281) and index.
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Lutze (Boise State Univ.) surveys Kluge's careers as author, filmmaker, television producer, novelist, politician, activist, and cultural critic, but his main purpose is to define the artist within the context of modernism--influenced by Theodor Adorno, the avant-garde, and militant politics. After covering Kluge's birth, education, early career, and achievements as a writer and filmmaker--including his role in the new-German-cinema movement--Lutze offers a clear analysis of Kluge's narrative techniques and surveys his subjects and themes. Chapter 6 covers Kluge's work as television producer: starting in 1984, Kluge created (in his own words) a "cultural window" in private broadcasting, a "show-window of high-quality, exciting programs." With the cinema under siege, Kluge staged a "strategic retreat" into television, producing the innovative Hour of the Filmmakers series. The author makes a clear case for Kluge as a latter-day modernist with a specific "aesthetic program," demonstrating that "modernism is neither dead nor hopelessly outdated." Though Kluge's work may not be widely known outside Germany, this sensible book merits attention. The approach is scholarly but readable, and Lutze includes a comprehensive filmography and videography. Recommended for collections supporting media studies and German cultural history. J. M. Welsh; Salisbury State University

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