by Kuratorium Neuer Österreichischer Film (Hrs); Ernst Schmidt Jr.; Gottfried Schlemmer; Peter Weibel, et al. (Text by)
Wien: Kuratorium Neuer Österreichischer Film, 1970. First edition. Softcover. g+ to vg. Large quarto (11 1/2 x 8 1/4"). 114pp. Original printed wrappers. Lavishly illustrated with b/w photographic reproductions of movie stills, newspaper articles, with essays by the most prominent names in the field, this 1970 New Austrian Film catalogue documents Austria's cinematic new wave. "Engaged in a bitter fight against the prevailing petit-bourgeois mindset of their fellow citizens, the New Austrian Film is also caught in a deadlock, a fight against its nation's very image, be it the postwar self-stylization as neutral Austria, Nazi Germany's first victim, or even the ironic self-perception as a leftover of "Kakania," Robert Musil's famous satirical moniker for the "k. und k." (Imperial and Royal) Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy.In an effort to break the illusions of the "official" Austria and its long avoidance of dealing with its fascist past, New Austrian Film is not only highly critical and counter-traditionalist (albeit using traditional genres) but it takes on the very mechanisms of spectatorial trust in cinema." (For more information, see: Robert von Dassanowsky and Oliver C. Speck's "New Austrian Film: The Non Exceptional Exception").Minor shelf wear. Wrappers age-toned along edges. Text in German. Wrappers in overall good+, interior in very good condition. (Inventory #: 42284)
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