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From switchboard operators to Coca-Cola kids: Transformations of the political left in the films of Dusan Makavejev

Sudar, Vlastimir (2014) From switchboard operators to Coca-Cola kids: Transformations of the political left in the films of Dusan Makavejev. Studies in Eastern European Cinema, 5 (1). pp. 45-58. ISSN 2040-350X

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Sudar, Vlastimir
Description:

This article challenges two areas of common preconceptions about Dusan Makavejev's work: firstly, the one that disqualified his later – especially non-Yugoslav – work and secondly, the one that interpreted his work by yoking it strictly to humanist perspectives. By focusing on Makavejev’s only attempt at Hollywood-type filmmaking in 'The Coca-Cola Kid' (1985), the aim here is to reveal Makavejev as a product of his Yugoslav background and Marxist thinking. Through a close reading of the film, it becomes clear that Makavejev was heavily informed by communist ideas, openly attacking rather than just criticising consumer society as promoted and sustained by rampant American capitalism. Makavejev was hence ideologically closer to philosophers of the Frankfurt School and aesthetically closer to Bertolt Brecht - rather than to Freud or Reich - confirming his status as a militant left radical.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2040350X.2013.878592
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Research Groups > Historical and Cultural Studies
Date: May 2014
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/2040350X.2013.878592
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Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2014 13:54
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2014 13:54
Item ID: 6827
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6827

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