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Visconti and the German Dream

Romanticism, Wagner and the Nazi Catastrophe in Film
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Luchino Visconti's trilogy of films Ludwig, Death in Venice and The Damned explore the complex relationship between the themes and ideals of German Romanticism and their impact on the catastrophe of the Third Reich. The personality and works of Richard Wagner to a large extent epitomize German Romanticism as a whole, while the writings of Thomas Mann and Friedrich Nietzsche provide the greatest critique of this dark and troubled but sublime and emotionally overwhelming culture. Along with contrasting approaches to this subject by other filmmakers such as Hans-Jurgen Syberberg, Ken Russell and Tony Palmer, this book explores how the preoccupations of the German Romantic movement led to Nazism, and contrasts the ways in which filmmakers have presented this continuum. The book also discusses the impact of Wagner's musical dramas on the art form of the cinema itself.

Author Biography:

David Huckvale has worked as a researcher, writer and presenter for BBC Radio and as a lecturer for various universities in England. He lives in rural Bedfordshire.
Release date NZ
July 24th, 2012
Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Illustrations
21 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Interest Age
From 18 years
Pages
232
Dimensions
152x229x12
ISBN-13
9780786470303
Product ID
20255775

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