Visconti and the German Dream: Romanticism, Wagner and the Nazi Catastrophe in Film

Visconti and the German Dream: Romanticism, Wagner and the Nazi Catastrophe in Film

David Huckvale


Luchino Visconti's trilogy of movies Ludwig, demise in Venice and The Damned discover the advanced courting among the subjects and beliefs of German Romanticism and their influence at the disaster of the 3rd Reich. The character and works of Richard Wagner to a wide quantity epitomize German Romanticism as a complete, whereas the writings of Thomas Mann and Friedrich Nietzsche give you the maximum critique of this darkish and yet chic and emotionally overwhelming tradition. besides contrasting ways to this topic by way of different filmmakers resembling Hans-Jurgen Syberberg, Ken Russell and Tony Palmer, this booklet explores how the preoccupations of the German Romantic move ended in Nazism, and contrasts the ways that filmmakers have offered this continuum. The ebook additionally discusses the influence of Wagner's musical dramas at the artwork kind of the cinema itself.

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