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Physicality, difference, and the challenge of representation: Werner Herzog in the Light of the new waves

Nagib, L. (2012) Physicality, difference, and the challenge of representation: Werner Herzog in the Light of the new waves. In: Prager, B. (ed.) A companion to Werner Herzog. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 58-79. ISBN 978-1-4051-9440-2

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Abstract/Summary

This chapter looks into the gap between presentational realism and the representation of physical experience in Werner Herzog's work so as to retrieve the indexical trace – or the absolute materiality of death. To that end, it draws links between Herzog and other directors akin to realism in its various forms, including surrealism. In particular, it focuses on François Truffaut and Glauber Rocha, representing respectively the Nouvelle Vague and the Cinema Novo, whose works had a decisive weight on Herzog’s aesthetic choices to the point of originating distinct phases of his outputs. The analyses, though restricted to a small number of films, intends to re-evaluate Herzog’s position within, and contribution to, film history.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:32059
Uncontrolled Keywords:Werner Herzog German Cinema New Waves
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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