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Posted January 22, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.