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Projections of MemoryRomanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film$
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Richard I. Suchenski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274108.001.0001

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“The Era of the Image Has Arrived”

“The Era of the Image Has Arrived”

(p.11) 1 “The Era of the Image Has Arrived”
Projections of Memory

Richard I. Suchenski

Oxford University Press

The ecstatic tone of Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927) encapsulates the euphoric hopes of the silent era. Conceived as a “Cathedral of Light,” the film offers the strongest possible link to Romantic aesthetics and ideas. Although they have a shared investment in temporal scale, ritual, and the Promethean functions of the artist, post–World War II works in this vein proceed with very different assumptions. The war blocked access to a past onto which unrealized aspirations could be projected. In his seven-and-a-half-hour Hitler, a Film from Germany (1977), Hans-Jürgen Syberberg transplants these ideas onto the war itself, examining the mutual co-option of both filmmaking and utopian Romantic rhetoric in the Nazi period. Syberberg’s Brechtian distance and reliance on sound acts as a dialectical foil to the image-oriented paradigm advanced by Gance. By addressing their work together, the first chapter demonstrates the historically contingent nature of this type of project.

Keywords:   Abel Gance, D. W. Griffith, Erich von Stroheim, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Manoel de Oliveira, Élie Faure, religion, opera, silent era, politics

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