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Author Aitken, Ian, author

Title Lukácsian film theory and cinema : a study of Georg Lukács' writings on film, 1913-71 / Ian Aitken
Published Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 283 pages)
Contents An analysis of Lukács' writings on film: The early aesthetic and 'thoughts towards an aesthetic of the cinema'/'Gedanken zu einer Ästhetic des Kino' ; Narrate or describe? : Lukács' literary 'typology' ; Lukács' late aesthetic and film theory : The specificity of the aesthetic/Die Eigenart des Ästhetischen ; Socialist humanism and Toward the ontology of social being/Zur Ontologie des gesellschaftslichen Seins ; The film journal interviews and other writings ; Conclusions -- The film writings, 1913-71: 'Thoughts towards an aesthetic of the cinema' ; 'Film' ; 'On aesthetic issues of the cinema' ; 'Blue devil or yellow devil?';- 'Cultural manipulation and the tasks of critics' ; 'Film, ideology and the cult of personality' ; 'Technique, content, and problems of language' ; 'Expression of thought in film' ; 'Revolution and psychology of everyday life'
Summary "The Hungarian Marxist critic Georg Lukács is primarily known as a literary theorist, but he also wrote extensively on the cinema. These writings have remained little known in the English-speaking world because the great majority of them have never actually been translated into English--until now. Aitken has gathered together Lukács' most important essays and the translations appear here, often for the first time. This book thus makes a decisive contribution to understandings of Lukács within the field of film studies, and, in doing so, also challenges many existing preconceptions concerning his theoretical position. For example, whilst Lukács' literary theory is well known for its repudiation of naturalism, in his writings on film Lukács appears to advance a theory and practice of film that can best be described as naturalist."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-277) and index
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Subject Lukács, György, 1885-1971 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Film criticism -- Hungary.
Film critics -- Hungary.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526129647 (electronic bk.)
1781701709 (electronic bk.)
9781526129642 (electronic bk.)
9781781701706 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Study of Georg Lukács' writings on film, 1913-71