Politics as Form in Lars von Trier: A Post-Brechtian Reading (Hardback)
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Politics as Form in Lars von Trier: A Post-Brechtian Reading (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 19/12/2013
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This is the first study that employs a materialist framework to discuss the political implications of form in the films of Lars von Trier. Focusing mainly on early films, Politics as Form in Lars von Trier identifies recurring formal elements in von Trier's oeuvre and discusses the formal complexity of his films under the rubric of the post-Brechtian. Through an in depth formal analysis, the book shows that Brecht is more important to von Trier's work than most critics acknowledge and deems von Trier a dialectical filmmaker. This study draws on many untranslated resources and features interviews with Lars von Trier and his mentor, the great Danish director Jorgen Leth.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781623563455
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
From Brechtian to Post-Brechtian: Koutsourakis moves beyond the mere allegorical readings of the films' content and challenges the simplistic dichotomies that traditionally [restricted] von Trier's Brechtianism [...] Unlike other books on von Trier . . . this richly illustrated study pushes the analysis to reveal von Trier's multiple connections with the avante-garde and Italian Neo-Realism, also including interviews with the director and his mentor Jorgen Leth. -- Sara Morino, University of Westminster, UK * CINEJ Cinema Journal *
Angelos Koutsourakis's stimulating and thought-provoking monograph on Lars von Trier presents the Danish director as a political filmmaker in the Brechtian tradition. In addition to offering a sophisticated and stimulating analysis of the political aspects of Lars von Trier's films, the monograph also has a number of other qualities that make it an essential read for anyone interested in Lars von Trier. It revalorises von Trier's early films and discusses a number of his lesser-known projects (such as the unfinished, and now aborted, Dimension project); it introduces material to which only Danish readers have previously had access, and it includes Koutsourakis's own interviews with Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth. Finally, like Bainbridge, Koutsourakis presents a number of von Trier's manifestos from 1984 to 2001, giving the reader a lot of material to engage with -dialectically or not. -- Nikolaj Lubecker * New Review of Film and Television Studies *
[Full of] fresh individual insights ... Koutsourakis has produced a well-researched and innovative study, which will be of use to everyone interested in von Trier's cinema and its relation to Brecht. * Brecht Yearbook *
Koutsourakis's study succeeds in two ways. It identifies the political dimension of Brecht's artistic practice not in his Marxist ideology or modernist devices but in his aesthetics of negation. Second, it positions von Trier in this tradition as a post-Brechtian filmmaker whose experimental and irritating productions - like Brecht's - politicize the audience's perception of history and the present through their formal properties of radical negation. Unlike many books on von Trier, this richly illustrated study, including interviews and relevant documents, pushes far beyond the biographical into the media and representational aesthetics that distinguish this body of challenging films. -- Marc Silberman, Professor, Department of German, and Director, Director, Center for German and European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
In his book, Angelos Kousourakis takes a new and innovative look at the cinema of Lars von Trier. Using Bertolt Brecht's theories as a key, he analyses the political and ideological aspects of Lars von Trier's oeuvre with sharp intellectual energy. In Koutsourakis's reading, Trier's radicalism is made visible: Lars von Trier as a revolutionary! -- Peter Schepelern, Associate Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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