A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović

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Intellect Books, 2013 - Art - 366 pages
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In the liberal West as in socialist Yugoslavia, the films of Aleksandar Petrovic dramatize how enforced dogmatism can corrode any political system. A case study of the oft-overlooked Yugoslav director's colorful and eventful career, A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident explores how Petrovic developed specific political and social themes in his films. A response to the political vagaries of his time, these anti-dogmatic views were later to become a trademark of his work. Although interest in socialist Yugoslavia and its legacy has risen steadily since the 1990s, the history of Yugoslav cinema has been scarcely covered, and this book marks a fresh contribution to a burgeoning area of interest.

 

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Contents

Beginnings
13
Shoulder to Shoulder
43
Art as an Inquiry
81
The Artist as a Feather Collector
119
The Artist as an Agent Provocateur
157
The Artist as Master
199
The Artist in Exile
247
The Artist Migrations and the Last Days
279
Conclusion
319
Filmography
329
Bibliography
339
Index
357
Back Cover
367
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Vlastimir Sudar teaches film history and theory at the University of the Arts London.

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