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Koutsourakis, Angelos

Works: 6 works in 33 publications in 2 languages and 1,341 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Editor, Author
Classifications: PN1998.3.T747, 791.430233092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Angelos Koutsourakis
The cinema of Theo Angelopoulos by Angelos Koutsourakis( )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together established and emerging scholars from multiple disciplines, this collection shows how Angelopoulos created singularly intricate forms whose aesthetic contours invite us to think critically about modern history
Politics as form in Lars Von Trier : a post-Brechtian reading by Angelos Koutsourakis( )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and German and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first study that employs a materialist framework to discuss the political implications of form in the films of Lars von Trier. Focusing mainly on early films, Politics as Form in Lars von Trier identifies recurring formal elements in von Trier's oeuvre and discusses the formal complexity of his films under the rubric of the post-Brechtian. Through an in depth formal analysis, the book shows that Brecht is more important to von Trier's work than what most critics seem to acknowledge and deems von Trier as a dialectical filmmaker. This study draws on many untranslated resources and features an interview with Lars von Trier, and another one with his mentor -- the great Danish director Jørgen Leth."--Publisher website
Rethinking Brechtian film theory and cinema by Angelos Koutsourakis( )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making a compelling argument for the continuing relevance of Brechtian film theory and cinema, this book offers new research and analysis of Brecht the film and media theorist, placing his scattered writings on the subject within the lively film theory debates that took place in Europe between the 1920s-1960s. Furthermore, Angelos Koutsourakis identifies key points of convergence between Brecht's 'unfinished project' and contemporary film and media theory. With case studies of films ranging from Robert Roberto Rossellini's 'Paisa' to Bernardo Bertolucci's '1900' and Joshua Oppenheimer's 'The Act of Killing' amongst others, this study challenges many existing preconceptions about Brecht's theoretical position and invites readers to discover new ways of apprehending and making use of Brecht in film studies
Specters of Brecht in Dogme 95 : are Brecht and realism necessarily antithetical? by Angelos Koutsourakis( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics as form in Lars von Trier a post-Brechtian reading by Angelos Koutsourakis( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'A film should be like a stone in your shoe' : a Brechtian reading of Lars von Trier by Angelos Koutsourakis( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This central premise of this thesis is that Lars von Trier is a political director. Through a detailed formal analysis of five films I proceed to discuss the political implications of form, something that has not been acknowledged by scholarship so far. In this thesis, I employ Brecht as a methodological tool so as to discuss the shift from a dialectical cinema devoted to the production of knowledge effects, to a post-Brechtian one that brings together points of tension that remain unresolved. Chapter 1 proceeds to a historical evaluation of Brecht's reception in film theory and considers the ways that Brecht's theory and practice can address the cinematic and political concerns of the present. The chapter also locates von Trier under the rubric of the post-Brechtian by comparing him to past film practices. Chapter 2 moves to a discussion of von Trier's Europa trilogy and focuses on issues of historical representation. Emphasis is placed on formal elements that challenge the narrative laws of classical cinema. The chapter argues that von Trier follows Brecht's mistrust of a historical representation based on pictorial verisimilitude, without however sharing his forward-looking politics and his view of history as Marxist science. Chapter 3 discusses Dogme 95 and The Idiots (1998). Firstly, the chapter discusses Dogme's combination of a political modernist rhetoric with a realist one and places Dogme's return to the past in a historical context. Secondly, the chapter considers the role of performance as a formal and thematic element in The Idiots. I draw attention to the ways that the camera becomes performative and brings together material of dramaturgical importance with moments that are the product of cinematic contingency. My discussion is very much informed by contemporary post-Brechtian performance and film studies invested in the discussion of 'corporeal cinema'. Chapter 4 discusses Dogville, a film with obvious references to Brecht. Unlike previous readings, I shift the emphasis from the film's assumed 'Anti-Americanism' and proceed to a formal analysis that can rethink the film's politics and innovations. While Brecht has been thought to be as a fleeting presence in von Trier's films by most critics, this thesis suggests that our knowledge of von Trier's formal innovations can be deepened and enlivened by discussing them in conjunction with Brecht's theory. By returning to Brecht, we can also rethink the importance of form as the key to a film's politics
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German (2)