Amsterdam University Press
Walter Ruttmann and the Cinema of  Multiplicity
Titel
Walter Ruttmann and the Cinema of Multiplicity
Subtitel
Avant-Garde Film - Advertising - Modernity
Prijs
€ 40,95
ISBN
9789089645845
Uitvoering
Paperback
Aantal pagina's
260
Publicatiedatum
Afmetingen
15.6 x 23.4 cm

Recensies en Artikelen

"A veritable hothouse of modernity, the singular film career of Walter Ruttmann spans advertising films, Weimar era experiments, big city symphonies, industrial and medical shorts, Kulturfilme, and Nazi propaganda. Cowan's impressive book is keenly attentive to historical materials, ever acute in its close analyses, and extraordinarily mindful of this cinema's pertinence for current debates about media culture and mass society. Indeed, this exemplary study rises admirably and persuasively to the many challenges posed by Ruttmann's imposing body of work." -- Eric Rentschler, Harvard University

"In the first book on Walter Ruttmann in English, Michael Cowan tackles this major but apparently paradoxical filmmaker: an innovator of abstract animation who also directed one the most influential documentaries; leader of Weimar avant-garde film culture who ended up making propaganda films for the Nazis. With critical insight and a firm sense of cultural history, Cowan not only details Ruttmann's complex career, but uncovers its complex dynamics by providing a new account of both twenties experimental film and Third Reich cinema." -- Tom Gunning, University of Chicago

'[An] extremely well-written book and inspiring analysis of Ruttmann's work.' - Eva Hielscher, Ghent University, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 35 (2), June 2015

Michael Cowan

Walter Ruttmann and the Cinema of Multiplicity

Avant-Garde Film - Advertising - Modernity

De onderstaande tekst is niet beschikbaar in het Nederlands en wordt in het Engels weergegeven.
A key figure in early avant-garde cinema, Walter Ruttmann was a pioneer of experimental animation and the creative force behind one of the silent era's most celebrated montage films, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City. Yet even as he was making experimental films, Ruttmann had a day job. He worked regularly in advertising -and he would go on to make industrial films, medical films, and even Nazi propaganda films.

Michael Cowan offers here the first study of Ruttmann in English, not only shedding light on his commercial, industrial, and propaganda work, but also rethinking his significance in light of recent transformations in film studies. Cowan brilliantly teases out the linkages between the avant-garde and industrial society in the early twentieth century, showing how Ruttmann's films incorporated and enacted strategies for managing the multiplicities of mass society.

This book has won the Willy Haas Award 2014 for its outstanding contribution to the study of German cinema.
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Auteur

Michael Cowan

Michael Cowan is Reader in Film Studies at St Andrews University.