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The Geopolitical Aesthetic is a dazzling... distillation and application of the theoretical system he first presented in The Political Unconscious (1981)." --The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Taking contemporary films from the United States, Russia, Taiwan, France, and the Philippines, The Geopolitical Aesthetic offers a reading of some of the most interesting films of the las
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 22nd 1995 by Indiana University Press (first published November 1st 1992)
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was, I think, one of the most difficult pieces of writing I have ever read*. Yet it undoubtably contains some very advanced and important ideas about how film attempts to confront issues of representation and present allegories for an inherently incommensurable postmodern global reality. (critical theory b like that, I guess)

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Detrás de la mera observación de una película hay diversos elementos que pueden pasarnos de noche. Y si bien muchos libros profundizan en factores como la coexistencia de la trama con el Tema y el simbolismo de ciertas imágenes, éstos no dejan de ser estrictamente cinematográficos. El estudio de Jameson a ciertos filmes contemporáneos rompe con todo el esquema al abordar temas como el imperialismo, la posmodernidad, la paranoia y otros más de índole muy actual, tanto en el fondo como en la forma ...more
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¿Qué tienen en común la trilogía de la paranoia de Alan Pakula, las obras de ciencia ficción de los hermanos Strugatski y el cine de Godard? Que Fredric Jameson ha escrito un libro horrendo en que habla sobre todo esto, y mucho, muuuuucho más. La primera parte del libro examina el tema de la conspiración en el cine como un intento de lidiar con el fracaso de los sistemas narrativos tradicionales para capturar el aspecto colectivo de la totalidad social. Jameson señala que la dificultad de repres ...more
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Fredric Jameson explica maravillosamente cómo, en el contexto de los films contemporáneos, las teorías conspirativas son un mecanismo crudo pero efectivo para aproximarnos al funcionamiento de la totalidad. El espectáculo de la política funciona como si los medios, los militares, el gobierno, las corporaciones transnacionales, las instituciones financieras mundiales, etc. estuvieran todas dirigidas explícita y concientemente por un poder único, aún cuando en realidad no lo están.

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May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Less lucid than some of his other works, and still difficult as hell if you're not being an attentive reading, but some absolutely wonderful readings a great list of contemporary films.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the better pieces of academia that I've read in a while. It sums up the cognitive map wonderfully within film and keeps you entertained. It's honestly great.
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Fredric Jameson (born 14 April 1934) is an American literary critic and Marxist political theorist. He is best known for his analysis of contemporary cultural trends—he once described postmodernism as the spatialization of culture under the pressure of organized capitalism. Jameson's best-known books include Postmodernism: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Political Unconscious, and Marxi ...more
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