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Péter Forgács, based in Budapest, is best known for his award-winning films built on home movies from the 1930s to the 1960s that document ordinary lives soon to intersect with offscreen historical events. Cinema’s Alchemist offers a sustained exploration of the imagination and skill with which Forgács reshapes such film footage, originally intended for private and personal viewing, into extraordinary films dedicated to remembering the past in ways that matter for our future.

Contributors: Whitney Davis, U of California, Berkeley; László F. Földényi, U of Theatre, Film and Television, Budapest; Marsha Kinder, U of Southern California; Tamás Korányi; Scott MacDonald, Hamilton College; Tyrus Miller, U of California, Santa Cruz; Roger Odin, U of Paris III Sorbonne–Nouvelle; Catherine Portuges, U of Massachusetts Amherst; Michael S. Roth, Wesleyan U; Kaja Silverman, U of Pennsylvania; Ernst van Alphen, Leiden U, the Netherlands; Malin Wahlberg, Stockholm U.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xxii
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  1. Part I. Setting the Scene
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Péter Forgács: An Interview
  2. pp. 3-38
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  1. 2. The Memory of Loss: Péter Forgács’s Saga of Family Life and Social Hell
  2. pp. 39-56
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  1. Part II. The Holocaust Films
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. 3. Toward a New Historiography: The Aesthetics of Temporality
  2. pp. 59-74
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  1. 4. Ordinary Film: The Maelstrom
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. 5. Historical Discourses of the Unimaginable: The Maelstrom
  2. pp. 85-95
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  1. 6. Waiting, Hoping, among the Ruins of All the Rest
  2. pp. 96-118
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  1. 7. The Trace: Framing the Presence of the Past in Free Fall
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. Part III. Other Films/Other Contexts
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. 8. How to Make History Perceptible: The Bartos Family and the Private Hungary Series
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. 9. Found Images as Witness to Central European History: A Bibó Reader and Miss Universe 1929
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. 10. Reenvisioning the Documentary Fact: On Saying and Showing in Wittgenstein Tractatus and Bourgeois Dictionary
  2. pp. 177-194
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  1. 11. The World Rewound: Wittgenstein Tractatus
  2. pp. 195-221
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  1. 12. Taking the Part for the Whole: Some Thoughts Inspired by the Film Music of Tibor Szemzö
  2. pp. 222-228
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  1. 13. Analytical Spaces: The Installations of Péter Forgács
  2. pp. 229-234
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  1. 14. Reorchestrating History: Transforming The Danube Exodus into a Database Documentary
  2. pp. 235-256
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 257-258
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816678303
Related ISBN
9780816648757
MARC Record
OCLC
777565090
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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