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« La Théorie critique n’a aucun rapport avec la société. » Kluge, Adorno et l’indomptable Leni Peickert
Hamers, Jérémy mailto [Université de Liège > Département des Arts et Sciences de la communication > Cinéma et vidéo documentaires >]
Cormann, Grégory mailto [Université de Liège > Département de philosophie > Département de philosophie >]
Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte
[fr] Alexander Kluge ; Theodor W. Adorno ; Théorie Critique ; théorie et action politique ; protestation
[en] In Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (1968), Alexander Kluge’s second feature film, as well as in its short sequel The Indomitable Leni Peickert (1969), the filmmaker reflects about the possibility to create a « reformed circus » which aims at reintroducing some sensuality in the spectator’s experience. Taking this project as well as its central figure, the apparently passive elephant, as a metaphorical starting point, this article reconstitutes a virtual dialogue between the filmmaker and his friend and former master Theodor W. Adorno around the issue of communicability and effectiveness of Critical Theory. Crossing several text fragments by the philosopher (Dialectic of Enlightenment, Resignation and Education After Auschwitz a.o.) with film excerpts, short stories and interviews by Kluge, this dialogue made of real exchanges, as well as direct and indirect quotes of Adorno in Kluge’s films – considered here to be belated joint projects –, finally tries to give an answer to following crucial question: how can Adorno’s critical reflection remain politically, that is socially effective.
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