Pasolini, Fassbinder and Europe

Pasolini, Fassbinder and Europe

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The present collection of essays brings into dialogue Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922a€“1975) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945a€“1982) by comparing their cultural and intellectual legacy. Pasolini and Fassbinder are amongst the last radical filmmakers to have emerged in Europe. Born in Italy and Germany, they inherited a traumatic social and political past which is reflected in their works through a number of similarly articulated and unresolved tensions: high and popular cultures, theatre, literature and cinema, ideology and narration, major and minor codes of expression. The essays in this book examine the uncompromising character of Pasolinia€™s and Fassbindera€™s films. Constantly oscillating between utopia and nihilism, these works invite us to reconsider subjective and collective questions which from todaya€™s perspective seem lost forever.In my essay I shall therefore examine how the two filmmakers attempted to reword realism in a problematic and open form and in so doing challenged the concept of reality itself. I shall explore the idea of cinematic fiction as a way to criticallyanbsp;...

Title:Pasolini, Fassbinder and Europe
Author:Fabio Vighi
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2010-08-11


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