The Cinema of Wim Wenders: The Celluloid Highway

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Wallflower Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 179 pages
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During and especially after the Second World War, a group of leading scholars who had been perilously close to the war's devastation joined others fortunate enough to have been protected by distance in an effort to redefine and reinvigorate Western liberal ideals for a radically new age. Treating evil as an analytical category, they sought to discover the sources of twentieth-century horror and the potentialities of the modern state in the wake of western desolation. In the process, they devised strikingly new ways to understand politics, sociology and history that reverberate still. In this major intellectual history, Ira Katznelson examines the works of Hannah Arendt, Robert Dahl, Richard Hofstadter, Harold Lasswell, Charles Lindblom, Karl Polanyi, and David Truman, detailing their engagement with the larger project of reclaiming the West's moral bearing.

In light of their epoch's calamities these intellectuals insisted that the tradition of Enlightenment thought required a new realism, a good deal of renovation, and much recommitment. This array of historians, political philosophers, and social scientists understood that a simple reassertion of liberal modernism had been made radically insufficient by the enormities and moral catastrophes of war, totalitarianism, and holocaust. Confronting their period's dashed hopes for reason and knowledge, they asked not just whether the Enlightenment should define modernity, but which Enlightenment we should wish to have. Decades later, in the midst of a new type of war and reanimated discussions of the concept of evil, we share no small stake in assessing their successes and limitations.

  

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Contents

Central themes
13
The inflation and reproduction of images
27
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS 1 Until the End of the World
30
NYC 1982
33
Narrative as structure
41
The State of Things
42
The State of Things
43
Understatement of dramatic highlights
54
Am 7
97
Paris Texas
99
Tokyo Ga
105
U Tokyo Ga
107
Tokyo Ga
110
Tokyo Ga
111
Wings of Desire
117
IS Wings of Desire
122

Kings of the Road
65
Alice in the Cities
72
4rf m Ac CMJ
73
in the Cities
80
Alice in the Cities
86
4Kr in the Cities
90
Alice in the Cities
91
Paris Texas
92
Paru 7cw
95
The Million Dollar Hotel
131
1 The Million Dollar Hotel
134
The Million Dollar Hotel
137
The Million Dollar Hotel
138
Lisbon Story
145
u0n 5rx
147
Conclusion
151
Filmography
167
Copyright

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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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