Thinking Revolution Through Film. On Audiovisual Stagings of Political Change
Hanno Berger – 2022
This book aims to redefine the relationship between film and revolution. Starting with Hannah Arendt's thoughts on the American and French Revolution, it argues that, from a theoretical perspective, revolutions can be understood as describing a relationship between time and movement and that ultimately the spectators and not the actors in a revolution decide its outcome. Focusing on the concepts of 'time,' 'movement,' and 'spectators,' this study develops an understanding of film not as a medium of agitation but as a way of thinking that relates to the idea of historicity that opened up with the American and French Revolution, a way of thinking that can expand our very notion of revolution. The book explores this expansion through an analysis of three audiovisual stagings of revolution: Abel Gance's epic on the French Revolution Napoléon, Warren Beatty's essay on the Russian Revolution Reds, and the miniseries John Adams about the American Revolution. The author thereby offers a fresh take on the questions of revolution and historicity from the perspective of film studies.
Lorenz Hegel: Rezension zu: Hanno Berger. Thinking Revolution Through Film: On Audiovisual Stagings of Political Change. In: https://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviews/21006_thinking-revolution-through-film-on-audiovisual-stagings-of-political-change-by-hanno-berger-reviewed-by-lorenz-hegel/ (letzter Zugriff: 31. Mai 2023).