Alexander Kluge, born in Germany in 1932, is a world-famous author and filmmaker (his 23 films include Yesterday Girl, The Female Patriot, The Candidate), a lawyer, and a media magnate. He has won Germany's highest literary award, the Georg Büchner Prize.
Cinema Storiesby Alexander Kluge, Helen Hughes (Translator), Tim Brady (Translator)
Alexander Kluge turns 75 in autumn 2007, and to celebrate he will be the Special Guest of Honor at the 75th Venice Film Festival, showing his films in the Grand Salon; he will enjoy a MoMA retrospective; Facets Multimedia will launch DVDs of all his dozens of movies and all his TV work and New Directions is proud to present his new fiction collection, all about the cinema.
The thirty-eight tales of Cinema Stories combine fact and fiction, and they all revolve around movie-making. The book compresses a lifetime of feeling, thought, and practice: Klugeconsidered the father of New German Cinemais an inventive wellspring of narrative notions. "The power of his prose," as Small Press noted, "exudes the sort of pregnant richness one might find in the brief scenarios of unknown films." Cinema Stories is a treasure box of cinematic lore and movie magic by "Alexander Kluge, that most enlightened of writers" (W. G. Sebald).
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One of Germany's top filmmakers for several decades (he was born in 1932), Kluge nonetheless does not regard film as a discrete art form. 'Film and music are like cousins...[in that] each moves us inwardly'. He has also received Germany's top literary award, the Georg Buchner Prize. Even so, as confirmed in the 39 pieces about 'cinema'--'older than the art of film'--Kluge nonetheless possesses a singular, precise, revealing grasp of film. 'The stories in this book are subjective.' They're concisely anecdotal, seemingly random in unpredictably, somewhat whimsically ranging over subjects as diverse as the architect Rem Koolhaus, a waiter in a German restaurant, Walter Benjamin's famous essay 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', costuming, acting styles, filming in Africa, and the cosmos as cinema. (Regarding the last topic, you see what Kluge means with his careful use of the word 'cinema' to denote a species of experience.) The vagariousness of the topics actually discloses the intellectual and material sources of cinema as they display the keen directorial and artistic eye of a master filmmaker.