Desires for reality: Radicalism and revolution in Western European film

Halligan, B 2015, Desires for reality: Radicalism and revolution in Western European film , Berghahn Books, New York and London. (In Press)

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Desires for Reality: Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film addresses a provocative and controversial period of European cinema: the high-tide of dissenting and militant film-making, of 1968, and its aftermath. This study offers an immersion in the revolutionary fervour that gripped the intellectual left, and the confrontational, unbound, remarkable and at times impenetrable films that resulted from a synchronisation of sexual liberation, political radicalism and social upheaval. The roster of acclaimed auteurs involved, including Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Philippe Garrel, Michelangelo Antonioni and Werner Schroeter, indicates that few post-war film-makers were unaffected. Even “low culture” cinema (horror, psychedelia, pornography and Spaghetti Westerns) was reoriented towards youth in revolt while taking advantage of the new-found liberties of the “permissive society”. Desires for Reality seeks to revisit a moment in which cinema was life, and on the front line of the barricades, rather than entertainment.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: B Halligan
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 15:31
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:01

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