The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

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One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the responsibility of the artist. Through contextualization and close readings of each of his feature fiction films (broaching many of his documentaries in the process), this volume unearths a vision of Sokurov's films as equally mournful and passionate, intellectual, and sensual, and also identifies in them a powerful, if discursively repressed, queer sensitivity, alongside a pattern of tensions and paradoxes. This book thus offers new keys to understand the lasting and ever-renewed appeal of the Russian director's Janus-like and surprisingly dynamic cinema a€“ a deeply original and complex body of work in dialogue with the past, the present and the future.Conceiving of how duality, contradiction, and paradox escalate in accord with one another is thus an indispensable, but ... Sokurova#39;s whole artistic engine, constantly in motion, seems to feed on the reunion and the explosion of two completely opposed terms. ... Deleuze, in order to detract from the rather obvious relationship with the rectum that Foucaulta#39;s own diagrams yield (1995: 128), favours insteadanbsp;...

Title:The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov
Author:Jeremi Szaniawski
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2013-11-22


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