A CINEMA OF MELANCHOLY AND DISILLUSIONMENT: INVESTIGATING THE WORK OF AUSTRIAN FILM DIRECTOR WILLI FORST

  • Bono, F.
Abstract:
This paper intends to critically reflect on the work of Austrian film director Willi Forst. Forst has been widely regarded as one of the great names in the history of German-speaking cinema, and in discussing Forst’s work, scholars have repeatedly pointed to the close connection between Forst’s films and Austria’s history and cultural tradition. In fact, Forst has been often labeled as the most Austrian film director, typically associating Forst’s work with the musical genre and the so-called Viennese Film, of which Forst has been regarded as the indisputable master. If the remark is true that Forst’s films were significantly permeated by an Austrian note, what does this mean? This question shall stand in the focus of this paper which, in investigating the influence of Austria’s culture on Forst’s work, will seek for an element of Forst’s affinity for it in the aesthetics and ideology which informed Forst’s oeuvre, with the aim to shed light on some facets of Forst’s work to which less attention seems to have been paid so far.
SGEM Research areas:
Year:
2019
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
Willi Forst; Austrian Cinema; German Cinema; Musical Film; Viennese Film
Volume:
6
SGEM Book title:
6th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts and Humanities ISCAH 2019
Book number:
2
SGEM Series:
SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts and Humanities - ISCAH
Pages:
273-280
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
22 - 24 October, 2019
ISBN:
978-619-7408-96-6
ISSN:
2682-9940
Conference:
6th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts and Humanities ISCAH 2019, 22 - 24 October, 2019
DOI:
10.5593/SWS.ISCAH.2019.2/S07.036
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