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Difference and OrientationAn Alexander Kluge Reader$
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Alexander Kluge and Richard Langston

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739200

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739200.001.0001

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Word and Film

Word and Film

(p.123) 8 Word and Film
Difference and Orientation

Edgar Reitz

Alexander Kluge

Wilfried Reinke

Cornell University Press

This chapter details the coauthored 1965 essay “Word and Film” by Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, and Wilfried Reinke, which was originally published when all three taught at the Ulm School of Design's trailblazing film department. Words can interact with film in a hundred different ways. Add to this the diversity of conceptions of film. For every one of these conceptions, for every kind of literary expression, the issue presents itself differently and demands a different answer. Walter Hagemann argues that film does not raise any new questions, “because it does not speak a new language; rather it conveys the old language through a new medium. This is the real reason for the backlash which the language of film suffered with the advent of sound.” The authors of the essay then recognize the need to examine how the old language relates to the old film, how new forms of language available today relate to new concepts of film, and how the interplay of word and film may produce new, nonliterary forms of language.

Keywords:   Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, Wilfried Reinke, words, film, literary expression, language, old language, old film

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