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The Revolutionary Film: Between Politics and Aesthetics

 
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NEW YORK UNIVERSITY Italian, French, Comparative Literature, Psychology, & International Relations Departments Present

The Revolutionary Film:
Between Politics and Aesthetics


This film series looks at the revolutionary film as a particular genre of cinema. There is a conspicuous lack of attention given to revolutionary films among film scholars and theorists, a lack which is all the more surprising when one considers that the revolutionary genre presents a number of general theoretical questions concerning narrative, history, the revolutionary event, and the political importance of aesthetic works. We hope to fill this absence by focusing on films presenting diverse revolutionary moments, in various geographical and historical settings. This spatial and temporal diversity will bring together a series of films that chose different ways to negotiate the inherent ambiguities of revolution as a historical phenomenon, as well as the formal difficulties of cinematically representing it.

Each film will be presented by an invited speaker. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings will take place at 19 University Place, room 102 at 5:00PM

Organized by the Italian, French, Comparative Literature, Psychology, and International Relations Departments.

April 11:
The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo (1967)
Speaker: David Forgacs (Italian Department, NYU)

Aprill 18:
Shorts on the Egyptian Revolution by The Mosireen Collective (2011)
Speaker: Alya El Hosseiny (MEIS Department, NYU)

Frontline: Syria Behind the Lines (2013)
Speaker: To be confirmed

April 25:
No by Pablo LarraĆ­n (2012)
Speaker: Ana Dopico (Comparative Literature & Spanish Departments, NYU)

May 2:
The Last Command by Josef von Sternberg (1928)
Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein (1925)
Speaker: To be confirmed

May 9:
The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer (2012)
Speaker: Joshua Oppenheimer (via Skype)
*Screening begins at 2:00PM