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Revisioning Europe : the films of John Berger and Alain Tanner /
Jerry White.
imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2011.
description
x, 243 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1552385507 (pbk.), 9781552385500 (pbk.)
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imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2011.
isbn
1552385507 (pbk.)
9781552385500 (pbk.)
language note
Includes some text in French.
catalogue key
8343075
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued also in electronic formats.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-07-01:
White (European studies, Dalhousie Univ., Canada) covers not just the major films on which Berger (a British novelist) and Tanner (a Swiss filmmaker) collaborated but also earlier work in cinema and in television and the thematic and political interests of both men. The book is organized in four highly readable chapters, a conclusion, and two appendixes. Historical and formal film analyses are supplemented with discussion of Berger's literary output and Tanner's relationship to "Swiss-ness." A discussion of national cinema never emerges fully enough here to be satisfactory. However, White situates his treatment of Tanner and Berger in terms of 1970s film theory. This is a very productive context for White's analysis, and this book can be considered an extension of George Lellis's and D. N. Rodowick's earlier work on Cahiers du Cinema and film theory. The book succeeds as a survey of European art cinema, and it will be required reading for specialists interested in 1970s art films and theory. White's--and Tanner's and Berger's--emphasis on lived history in a period of high theory is refreshing and necessary. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. P. Kinsman independent scholar
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Revisioning Europe is among the few existing English language discussions of the films made by British novelist John Berger and Swiss film director Alain Tanner. It brings to light a political cinema that was both unsentimental about the possibilities of revolutionary struggle and unsparing in its critique of the European left, and at the same time optimistic about the ability of radicalism - while radical art - to transform the world. Jerry White argues that Berger and Tanner's work is preoccupied with ideas that were at the same time central to the Enlightenment and characteristically Swiss. Translations of previously unpublished essays by both Berger and Tanner are included as appendices.
Main Description
Revisioning Europeis among the few existing English language discussions of the films made by British novelist John Berger and Swiss film director Alain Tanner. It brings to light a political cinema that was both unsentimental about the possibilities of revolutionary struggle and unsparing in its critique of the European left, and at the same time optimistic about the ability of radicalism - while radical art - to transform the world. Jerry White argues that Berger and Tanner's work is preoccupied with ideas that were at the same time central to the Enlightenment and characteristically Swiss. Translations of previously unpublished essays by both Berger and Tanner are included as appendices.
Main Description
Revisioning Europe is among the few existing English-language discussions of the films made by British novelist John Berger and Swiss film director Alain Tanner. It brings to light a political cinema that was unsentimental about the possibilities of revolutionary struggle and unsparing in its critique of the European left, and at the same time optimistic about the ability of radicalism - and radical art - to transform the world. Jerry White argues that Berger and Tanner's work is preoccupied with ideas that were both central to the Enlightenment and at the same time characteristically Swiss. Translations of previously unpublished essays by both John Berger and Alain Tanner are included as appendices.
Main Description
This book is among the few existing English-language discussions of the films made by British novelist John Berger and Swiss film director Alain Tanner. It brings to light a political cinema that was unsentimental about the possibilities of revolutionary struggle and unsparing in its critique of the European left, and at the same time optimistic about the ability of radicalism and radical art to transform the world. The author argues that Berger and Tanners work is preoccupied with ideas that were both central to the Enlightenment and at the same time characteristically Swiss. Translations of previously unpublished essays by both John Berger and Alain Tanner are included as appendices.
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'Revisioning Europe' is among the few existing English-language discussions of the films made by British novelist John Berger and Swiss film director Alain Tanner. It brings to light a political cinema that was unsentimental about the possibilities of revolutionary struggle and unsparing in its critique of the European left.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Berger and Tanner before Berger and Tannerp. 49
La Salamandrep. 89
Le Milieu du mondep. 117
Jonas qui aura 25 ans en Fan 2000p. 149
Conclusionp. 185
"Télé-Aphorismes," by Alain Tannerp. 209
"Vers Le Milieu du monde," by John Bergerp. 225
Bibliographyp. 231
Sources for the films on videop. 237
Indexp. 239
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