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Surrealism, Cinema, and the Search for a New Myth

Authors: Noheden, Kristoffer

  • The only study that systematically relates post-war surrealist cinema to the specific development of surrealism in the postwar era
  • Interrogates Western esotericism through an interdisciplinary approach drawing upon film studies, art history, and aesthetics
  • Demonstrates the importance of the imagination in the multisensory, embodied film experience
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This book examines post-war surrealist cinema in relation to surrealism’s change in direction towards myth and magic following World War II. Intermedial and interdisciplinary, the book unites cinema studies with art history and the study of Western esotericism, closely engaging with a wide range of primary sources, including surrealist journals, art, exhibitions, and writings. Kristoffer Noheden looks to the Danish surrealist artist Wilhelm Freddie’s forays into the experimental short film, the French poet Benjamin Péret’s contribution to the documentary film L’Invention du monde, the Argentinean-born filmmaker Nelly Kaplan’s feature films, and the Czech animator Jan Svankmajer’s work in short and feature films. The book traces a continuous engagement with myth and magic throughout these films, uncovering a previously unknown strain of occult imagery in surrealist cinema. It broadens the scope of the study of not only surrealist cinema, but of surrealism across the art forms. Surrealism, Cinema, and the Search for a New Myth will appeal to film scholars, art historians, and those interested in the impact of occultism on modern culture, film, and the arts.

About the authors

Kristoffer Noheden is a researcher in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden.

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“This is one of the most significant books written on Surrealism and cinema due partly to the fearless manner by which it journeys towards hitherto unjustifiably neglected realms of the Surrealist filmography, but also the way it makes this journey thoroughly equipped methodologically for the challenges it faces. It is a wide-ranging achievement of original thought, concentrated research and precise exposition that should be read by all those with an interest in film and Surrealism.” (Gavin Parkinson, Senior Lecturer in European Modernism, The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK, and author of Futures of Surrealism: Myth, Science Fiction and Fantastic Art in France 1936–1969)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Noheden, Kristoffer

    Pages 1-29

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  • The Artist-Magician as Filmmaker: Wilhelm Freddie’s Films and the New Myth

    Noheden, Kristoffer

    Pages 31-74

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  • Initiation into the New Myth: Primitivism and Poetics in the Surrealist Documentary Film

    Noheden, Kristoffer

    Pages 75-116

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  • Surrealism Is What Will Be: Nelly Kaplan’s Myths of Revenge

    Noheden, Kristoffer

    Pages 117-157

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  • Magic Art and Minor Myths: Jan Švankmajer’s Transmutation of Material Reality

    Noheden, Kristoffer

    Pages 159-216

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55500-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Surrealism, Cinema, and the Search for a New Myth
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55501-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55501-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55500-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 261
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