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Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub : "Objectivists" in Cinema (0)

By: Turquety, Benoit Fendt, Ted(Translated by)

Part of the Film Culture in Transition series
9463722203 / 9789463722209
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Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub collaborated on films together from the mid-1960s through the mid-2000s, making formally radical adaptations in several languages of major works of European literature by authors including Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Hoelderlin, Pierre Corneille, Arnold Schoenberg, Cesare Pavese, and Elio Vittorini.

The impact of their work comes in part from a search for radical objectivity, a theme present in certain underground currents of modernist art and theory in the writings of Benjamin and Adorno as well as in the "Objectivist" movement, a crucial group within American modernist poetry whose members included Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, and Charles Reznikoff, with connections to William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound.

Through a detailed analysis of the films of Straub and Huillet, the works they adapted, and Objectivist poems and essays, Benoit Turquety locates common practices and explores a singular aesthetic approach where a work of art is conceived as an object, the artist an anonymous artisan, and where the force of politics and formal research attempt to reconcile with one another.


APFB Individual film directors, film-makers, DS Literature: history & criticism

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