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After Authority: Global Art Cinema and Political Transition
by Kalling Heck
Rutgers University Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-1-9788-0701-3 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0698-6 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-0699-3
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.P6H43 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43658

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
After Authority explores the tendency in art cinema to respond to political transition by turning to ambiguity, a system that ideally stems the reemergence of authoritarian logics in art and elsewhere. By comparing films from Italy, Hungary, South Korea, and the United States, this book contends that the aesthetic tradition of ambiguity in art cinema can be traced to post-authoritarian conditions and that it is in the context of a transition away from authoritarianism where art cinema aesthetics become legible. Art cinema, then, can be seen as a mode of cinematic practice that is at its core political, as its constitutive ambiguity finds its roots in the rejection of centralized and hierarchical configurations of authority. Ultimately, After Authority proposes a history of art cinema predicated on the potentials, possibilities, and politics of ambiguity.
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