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The Major Realist Film Theorists

A Critical Anthology

Edited by Ian Aitken

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A critical re-examination of four major realist film theorists

From the 1910s to the emergence of structuralism and post-structuralism in the 1960s, the writings of John Grierson, Siegfried Kracauer, André Bazin and Georg Lukács dominated realist film theory. In this critical anthology, the first collection to address their work in one volume, a wide range of international scholars explore the interconnections between their ideas and help generate new understandings of this important, if neglected, field. Challenging preconceptions about ‘classical’ theory and the nature of realist representation, and in the process demonstrating how this body of work can be seen as a cohesive theoretical model, this invaluable collection will help return the realist paradigm of film theory to the forefront of academic enquiry.

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Chapter One: Displaced Vision: The Politics of Realism in Kracauer and Kluge, Tara Forrest
Chapter Two: The Rhetoric of Madness in Realist Film Theory, Temenuga Trifonova
Phenomenology, Theology, and ‘Physical Reality’: The Film Theory Realism of Siegfried Kracauer, Tyson Wils
‘Montage, My Fine Care’: Realism, Surrealism and Postmodernism after Bazin, Ramona Fotiade
Multiple Indexicality and Multiple Realism in André Bazin, Seung-hoon Jeong
André Bazin, or the Ambiguity of Reality, Pierre Sorlin
Realism is to Think Historically: Overlapping Elements in Lukácsian and Brechtian Theories of Realism, Angelos Koutsourakis
The Moving-Image Redemption of Orality and Lukács’ early Writing on the Cinema, Apple Xu Yaping
The ‘Naturalist’ Treatment of Film in The Specificity of the Aesthetic (Georg Lukács, 1963), and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Alexander Solzhenitsyn 1962, Caspar Wrede, 1970), Ian Aitken
The Documentary Version of Film History, Henry K. Miller
The Grierson Testament, 1969-1971, Gary Evans
John Grierson: From the poster movement to the informational state, Scott Anthony

About the Author

Ian Aitken is Professor of Film Studies at the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. His most recent publications include Hong Kong Documentary Film (Edinburgh: EUP, 2014), and Lukácsian Film Theory and Cinema: An Analysis of Georg Lukács’ Writings on Film 1913-1971 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2012).

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