Cinema Stories

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New Directions Publishing, 2007 - Fiction - 111 pages
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Alexander Kluge turns 75 in autumn 2007, and to celebrate he will be the Special Guest of Honor at the 75th Venice Film Festival, showing his films in the Grand Salon; he will enjoy a MoMA retrospective; Facets Multimedia will launch DVDs of all his dozens of movies and all his TV work and New Directions is proud to present his new fiction collection, all about the cinema.
The thirty-eight tales of "Cinema Stories" combine fact and fiction, and they all revolve around movie-making. The book compresses a lifetime of feeling, thought, and practice: Kluge--considered the father of New German Cinema--is an inventive wellspring of narrative notions. "The power of his prose," as "Small Press" noted, "exudes the sort of pregnant richness one might find in the brief scenarios of unknown films." "Cinema Stories" is a treasure box of cinematic lore and movie magic by "Alexander Kluge, that most enlightened of writers" (W. G. Sebald).

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German filmmaker and novelist Kluge turned 75 this year, and will be honored at the Venice Film Festival. His aphoristic, anecdotal, not-quite-fictional "stories," most less than a page long, seek to ... Read full review


Sun Over the Waterways of the Lido
To Bring the World into the World
The Battle of the Marne
How We Cameramen Became Patriots Simply
Documentation through Posthumous Production
As a National Socialist in Hollywood
The Final Film Screening in the Reich Chancellery 6 I
An Example of the Cinema of Ingredients During
Cold Shower
A Natural Gift

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About the author (2007)

Born in 1932, a world-famous filmmaker ("Yesterday Girl, The Female Patriot"), a lawyer, a media magnate, an associate of Theodor Adorno and the Frankfurt School, winner of Germany's highest literary award the George Buchner Prize, Alexander Kluge is a phenomenon.

Helen Hughes is a senior lecturer in film studies at the University of Surrey.

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