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Author Buruma, Ian

Title Theater of cruelty : art, film, and the shadows of war / Ian Buruma.

Publication Info. New York : New York Review Books, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    791.4365 BUR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    791.43 BUR    Available
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    791.43 BUR    Available
Description xiii, 423 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Series New York Review books collections
New York Review Books collection.
Summary Theater of Cruelty has three main themes that frequently overlap: war, film, and the visual arts. Many of the movies discussed are about war and violence, often related to World War II, and more specifically deal with the two nations that unleashed the war, Germany and Japan: why they did what they did, and how they came to terms with it afterward or didn't. Other essays in the collection, about the diaries of Harry Kessler and Anne Frank, the bombing of German cities, Japan's kamikaze pilots further explore these themes. Many of the artists discussed by Buruma were German or Japanese, including Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Tsuguharu Foujita, as were the filmmakers Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Hans-J├╝rgen Syberberg, all of whom were affected in one way or another by fascism and its terrible consequences. Theater of Cruelty is less about war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war
World War, 1939-1945 -- Literature and the war
War films -- History and criticism.
National socialism in motion pictures.
Violence in motion pictures
War in art.
National socialism in art.
Violence in art.
ISBN 9781590177778 (alk. paper)
1590177770 (alk. paper)

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