By Colin MacCabe
Upholding literature and movie jointly as academically interwoven, Perpetual Carnival underscores the eternal coexistence of realism and modernism, eschewing the popularly permitted view that the latter is itself a rejection of the previous. Mining examples from either movie and literature, Colin MacCabe asserts that the connection among movie and literature springs to existence a wealth of loved modernist paintings, from Jean-Luc Godard's Pierre le Fou to James Joyce's Ulysses, enriched by means of realism's enduring legacy. The intertextuality inherent in edition furthers this statement in MacCabe's inclusion of Roman Polanski's Tess, a 1979 version of Thomas Hardy's nineteenth-century realist novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Showcasing essays enlivened via cosmopolitan pursuits, theoretical perception, and powerful social purpose, Perpetual Carnival helps a humanities which repudiates slim specialization and which seeks to put the dialogue of movie and literature firmly within the truth of present political and ideological dialogue. It argues for the writers and administrators, the thinkers and critics, who've so much fired the modern imagination.
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It is these questions that animate a whole series of related articles, most famously “Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown,” published in the New York Evening Post in November 1923 but also a longer article, “Character in Fiction,” that Eliot published in The Criterion in July 1924. The key term in these arguments is not reality or realism but character. Arnold Bennett had accused Woolf and her generation of being unable to create characters. Woolf rises to the defense of both herself and her generation and includes both the essayist Lytton Strachey and the poet T.
Welles’s innovation, for Bazin, was formal and technological. He used the new lenses available at the end of the thirties to produce a depth of field that left the spectator 36 ( 36 ) Modernism free to pick out significance in a more complex image. The complexity of Rossellini’s image and its greater grasp of reality, according to Bazin, was achieved by a strange amalgam of documentary technique and fiction. This is most noticeable in the use of nonprofessional actors; the streets of the towns and cities in Paisà are so vivid because the figures inhabiting them are not actors but the men, women, and children living through the dreadful realities of postwar Italy, including many American GIs.
If we agree that it is this period which is the one to which modernism is a successor, we can provisionally date it from 1476, when Caxton established the printing press, to 1667, when Milton became the first poet, though blind, to see his poems through the printing press. The importance of defining modernism so that it clearly reaches back to the Renaissance as its predecessor is that it becomes easy to understand that modernism breaks with a national literature that had found its raison d’être in the establishment of empire.
Perpetual carnival : essays on film and literature by Colin MacCabe