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"Becky Albitz 335-5931 (319 Media Services, University of Iowa Libraries)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 3 Dec 1993 16:25:00 CST
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Jonathan, if you are referring to the film "Fever" directed by
Agnieszka Holland in 1981, it is indeed available on video through
Facets Multimedia, Chicago IL  (800) 331-6197.  Hope this helps.
Becky Albitz
University of Iowa Libraries
> I am starting a project (and will propose to teach a class) on magical
> realism in film and literature.
> The only source I know directly dealing with magical realism in film is
> Fredric Jameson's article in _Critical Inquiry_ a few years ago.  One of the
> problems with this article is that he analyzes two films that I suspect are
> nearly impossible to get hold of--indeed for one, the Polish film _Fever_ he
> explicitly states that there is only one print in the US.  Thanks, Fred.
> So I would be interested in any suggestions as to examples of or definitions
> of magical realism in film.  Some examples that I have come up with include
> _Like Water For Chocolate_, _Wings of Desire_, _Miracle in Milan_, _Santa
> Sangre_ and _The Tin Drum_.
> If it helps, I don't have a much better idea of how to define magical
> realism in literature, except to reel off a list of the usual suspects:
> Rushdie, Garcia Marquez, Grass, Kundera, Carpentier, Allende....
> My suspicion is that as a _formal_ concept magical realism doesn't have much
> weight and is separable only with difficulty from the fable, the fantastic
> or whatever.  As a historical concept, magical realism is usually associated
> with post-colonialism (with German and Czech twists) and with different ways
> of writing history (often woman or "home" centered as in both Allende's
> _House of the Spirits_ and _Like Water For Chocololate_) I have a feeling
> that cooking is important--cf. Rushdie's _Midnight's Children_; thus maybe
> _Tampopo_?--and a certain political content generated by the sense of a
> failing _poltical_ realism (thus _Brazil_?).
> But in the end I still have little idea.
> Jon
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