Brechtian Cinemas: Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie by Nenad Jovanovic

By Nenad Jovanovic

Explores the impression of Bertolt Brecht’s principles at the perform and examine of cinema.

In Brechtian Cinemas, Nenad Jovanovic makes use of examples from choose significant filmmakers to delineate the range of how within which Bertolt Brecht’s idea of epic/dialectic theatre has been followed and deployed in overseas cinema. Jovanovic severely engages Brecht’s principles and their so much influential interpretations in movie experiences, from gear concept within the Nineteen Seventies to the shortly dominant cognitivist method. He then examines a extensive physique of movies, together with Brecht’s personal Mysteries of a Hairdressing Salon (1923) and Kuhle Wampe (1932), Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s History Lessons (1972), Peter Watkins’s La Commune (2000), and Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac (2013). Jovanovic argues that the position of montage—a vital resource of creative estrangement (Verfremdung) in previous Brechtian films—has lowered as a result technique’s conventionalization through today’s Hollywood and similar industries. working as basic brokers of Verfremdung in modern movies encouraged by means of Brecht’s view of the area and the humanities, Jovanovic claims, are conventions borrowed from the most medium of his expression, theatre. Drawing upon an unlimited variety of assets and disciplines that come with cultural, movie, literature, and theatre reports, Brechtian Cinemas demonstrates a persevered and huge relevance of Brecht for the perform and figuring out of cinema.

Nenad Jovanovic is Assistant Professor of Media reviews at Wright nation University.

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