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Insights into Flesh and Blood



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Visconti by Alexander Garcia Duttmann

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Something needs to be changed-be it through the revolutionary overthrow of social conditions, the liberating force of passion, the contemplation and creation of works of art, or the exploration of an unresolved past. Luchino Visconti's films are models for the failure of such attempts. They show that this failure arises whenever people cling to possibilities that stand opposed to the reality of their lives. Does Adorno not write: "The place of utopia is blocked off by possibility, never by immediate reality"? Visconti: Insights into Flesh and Blood draws on aesthetics, film theory, and practical philosophy to propose an original interpretation of the melodramas of a great European director. In the encounter with Visconti's art, we come to see that something has changed already.

Author Biography

Alexander Garcia Duttmann is Professor of Philosophy and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths (University of London). He is the author of At Odds with AIDS: Thinking and Talking about a Virus (Stanford, 1997), Between Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle of Recognition (Verso, 2000), The Memory of Thought: An Essay on Adorno and Heidegger (Continuum 2002), and Philosophy of Exaggeration (Continuum, 2007).
Release date NZ
October 25th, 2008
Translated by Robert Savage
Country of Publication
United States
Stanford University Press
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