Allegorical Images: Tableau, Time and Gesture in the Cinema of Werner Schroeter

Allegorical Images: Tableau, Time and Gesture in the Cinema of Werner Schroeter

Michelle Langford


Werner Schroeter is without doubt one of the most crucial and influential administrators of the hot German Cinema, but dialogue of his movies inside movie idea has been intermittent and un-sustained. This e-book presents a long-overdue advent to Schroeter’s visually lavish, idiosyncratic and conceptually wealthy cinema, situating its emergence in the context of the West German tv and picture subsidy process in the course of the Seventies, then relocating directly to have interaction with one of the most pertinent and critical arguments in modern movie conception. Drawing upon the paintings of Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, and Bertolt Brecht, the writer negotiates her method in the course of the advanced allegorical terrain of Schroeter’s movies by way of concentrating on their insistent and unique use of the cinematic tableaux, allegorical montage, temporal layering and gestural expression. In doing so, this e-book additionally makes a useful contribution to constructing a conception of cinematic allegory via finding Schroeter’s movies within the context of a much wider “allegorical flip” in modern eu and post-colonial filmmaking.

'Allegorical pictures' serves not just as a compelling and complex advent to Schroeter’s cinema, but in addition makes an enormous contribution to quite a number debates in modern movie idea round allegory, tableaux, time and gesture.

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