News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx–Eisenstein–Capital
Part I. Marx and Eisenstein in the Same House
Saturday, June 17, 3-6:30 pm Intermission with discussion to follow
20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn
When Eisenstein had the idea to film Capital, he thought that the literary methods found in Joyce’s Ulysses would be helpful for his project. According to Fredric Jameson, what Eisenstein had in mind here is “something like a Marxist version of Freudian free association—the chain of hidden links that leads us from the surface of everyday life and experience to the very sources of production itself. Eisenstein’s idea was use the structure of Ulysses, a ‘day in the life’ narrative interrupted by stream-of-consciousness, together with his theories of montage to depict a narrative film version of Capital. ”
Kluge’s film is divided into three parts: I. Marx and Eisenstein in the Same House; II. All Things are Bewitched People; III. Paradoxes of Exchange Society.
If there is sufficient interest in this Part I showing, subsequent screenings of Parts II and III will be scheduled.