Lubitsch Can't Wait: A Collection of Ten Philosophical Discussions on Ernst Lubitsch's Film Comedy by Ivana NovakLubitsch Can't Wait: A Collection of Ten Philosophical Discussions on Ernst Lubitsch's Film Comedy by Ivana Novak

Lubitsch Can't Wait: A Collection of Ten Philosophical Discussions on Ernst Lubitsch's Film Comedy

EditorIvana Novak

Paperback | July 10, 2014

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Ernst Lubitsch, the great author of Hollywood comedy and pioneer of such genres as the sophisticated romantic comedy, the musical, and the screwball comedy, is a relatively overlooked figure in mainstream film theory. In this collection, renowned world thinkers and philosophers position Lubitsch as the premium director of subversive cinema, reflecting on his attitude toward love and politics which correspond to contemporary issues.Followers of the Hegelian, Marxist, Freudian, Lacanian, and Deleuzian traditions discuss thephilosophical, political, and ethical dimensions of Lubitsch's late Hollywood work. They focus on love as stealing, the ethics of style, and comedy in times of austerity in the director's masterpiece, Trouble in Paradise (1932); answer the question of why comedy is always polygamous; discuss links between masochism, melancholia, and ideology in Ninotchka(1939); celebrate the ethical gesture of comedy in To Be or Not to Be (1942); and promote the revolutionary comic spirit of Lubitsch's last directorial effort, Cluny Brown (1946). These essays' witty, subversive, and provocative approaches highlight Lubitsch's unique understanding of love, sex, comedy, and politics and idiosyncratic conception of totalitarian"nightmares" and capitalistic "paradise," countering the non-dialectic and politically correct discourse of mainstream and independent cinema today.

Ivana Novak is a freelance editor specializing in theory, contemporary cinema, television, and comedy. She and Jela Krecic co-curated the 2012 edition of the international symposium on film theory in Slovenian cinematheque, which led to the English edition of Lubitsch Can't Wait.Mladen Dolar is a professor in the Department of Philoso...
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Title:Lubitsch Can't Wait: A Collection of Ten Philosophical Discussions on Ernst Lubitsch's Film ComedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.07 inPublished:July 10, 2014Publisher:Slovenian CinemathequeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9616417843

ISBN - 13:9789616417846

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Long overdue... this collection fills an important need, and it does so with verve and erudition.