Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War

Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War

by Ian Buruma

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ISBN-13: 9781590178126
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 425
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Ian Buruma is the author of many books, including The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan (1995), The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), and Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013). He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Joys and Perils of Victimhood 1

2 Fascinating Narcissism: Leni Riefenstahl 17

3 Werner Herzog and His Heroes 35

4 The Genius of Berlin: Rainer Werner Fasshinder 49

5 The Destruction of Germany 63

6 There's No Place Like Heimat 77

7 The Afterlife of Anne Frank 103

8 Occupied Paris: The Sweet and the Cruel 119

9 The Twisted Art of Documentary 135

10 Ecstatic About Pearl Harbor 149

11 Suicide for the Empire 163

12 Eastwood's War 179

13 Robbed of Dreams 191

14 The Catty Chronicler: Marry Kessler 205

15 The Believer 219

16 The Last Bengali Renaissance Man 233

17 The Way They Live Now: Mike Leigh 247

18 The Great Art of Embarrassment 261

19 The Invention of David Bowie 279

20 Dressing for Success 293

21 The Circus of Max Beckmann 307

22 Degenerate Art 321

23 George Grosz's Amerika 331

24 Mr. Natural 349

25 Obsessions in Tokyo 361

26 A Japanese Tragedy 375

27 Virtual Violence 389

28 AsiaWorld 405

Sources 423

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