Fitzcarraldo
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92 Pages

19 x 13.3 cm

49 colour. Illustrations

Series: Camden House German Film Classics

Imprint: Camden House

Fitzcarraldo

by Lutz Koepnick

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Revisits Herzog's classic film from a decisively contemporary standpoint, bringing into play the development of his filmmaking career.
When it was released in 1982, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo was widely criticized for its demanding use of human and natural resources as well as its director's uncompromising aesthetic vision. Critics and scholars saw little difference between the film's protagonist's obsession with hauling a ship over a mountain in the Amazon and Herzog's own mode of cinematic production and storytelling. And yet Fitzcarraldo stands out as one of the defining moments of New German Cinema and, as the years pass, continues to raise new questions about the relation of film and society, art and nature, progress and subjectivity, the known and the unknown. This book revisits Herzog's taleof operatic entrepreneurialism from a decisively contemporary standpoint. It draws on recent writing on the Anthropocene to probe the relationship of art, civilization, and the natural world in Fitzcarraldo. It discusses the role of opera and music in Herzog's Amazon spectacle. And it brings into play the development of Herzog's own career as a filmmaker over the last few decades to offer a fresh look at this by-now classical contribution to twentieth-century German film art.

Lutz Koepnick is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University.
"In the course of his sensitive and subtle investigation Koepnick brings into play numerous terms and concepts . . . in order to do justice to the complexity and relevance of Herzog's now-mythical film." Jörn Glasenapp, MEDIENwissenschaft
"[A]fter considering the author's fresh perspectives on the intersections among music, philosophy, art, politics, ownership, and authorship, the reader will look forward to (re)watching Fitzcarraldo with eyes wide open not only to appreciate its
cinematic feats but also, as Koepnick suggests, "to reflect on the conditions and limits of happiness."" Jeanne Schueller, MONATSHEFTE

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Title Details

92 Pages

1.9 x 1.33 cm

49 colour. Illustrations

Series: Camden House German Film Classics

Imprint: Camden House