Cinema Stories

Alexander Kluge (Author)
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Alexander Kluge turns 75 in autumn 2007, and to celebrate he will be the Special Guest of Honor at the 75th Venice Film Festival, showing his films in the Grand Salon; he will enjoy a MoMA retrospective; Facets Multimedia will launch DVDs of all his dozens of movies and all his TV work and New Directions is proud to present his new fiction collection, all about the cinema.
The thirty-eight tales of "Cinema Stories" combine fact and fiction, and they all revolve around movie-making. The book compresses a lifetime of feeling, thought, and practice: Kluge--considered the father of New German Cinema--is an inventive wellspring of narrative notions. "The power of his prose," as "Small Press" noted, "exudes the sort of pregnant richness one might find in the brief scenarios of unknown films." "Cinema Stories" is a treasure box of cinematic lore and movie magic by "Alexander Kluge, that most enlightened of writers" (W. G. Sebald).

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
September 17, 2007
5.5 X 0.38 X 7.07 inches | 0.28 pounds
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About the Author

Alexander Kluge, born in Germany in 1932, is a world-famous author and filmmaker (his twenty-three films include Yesterday Girl, The Female Patriot, The Candidate), a lawyer, and a media magnate. He has won Germany's highest literary award, the Georg Büchner Prize.


A bold, galvanizing hybrid of fiction, interview, film theory, German history, scientific inquiry, and his cosmology of cinema.
Alexander Kluge is a gigantic figure in the German cultural landscape. He exemplifies--along with Pasolini--what is most vigorous and original in the European idea of the artist as intellectual, the intellectual as artist....Essential, brilliant.--Susan Sontag
Alexander Kluge, that most enlightened of writers.--W.G. Sebald