Author Archive for: ‘Lisabeth During’

A Marxist Romanticism? Visconti’s La Terra Trema and the Question of Realism

‘We do not see and hear the universal; only for the spirit is it present.’ (Das Allgemeine also hört man nicht und sieht man nicht, sondern dasselbe ist nur für dem Geist.’(Hegel, Enzy §21, Zusatz) Introduction In 1947 the Italian Communist Party (PCI), at the time under the leadership of Palmiro Togliatti, approached Luchino Visconti with the idea of filming …

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