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Ron Leming <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 27 Aug 2002 17:31:25 -0500
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"Whether there is a "facsist aesthetic"

I think one could say there was definitely a fascist aesthetic, though
I'm not sure if it was viluntary. I believe it was called Bahaus because
most of the poster artists of the time came from that school, but I
could be mistaken. One can see it most clearly in the art and posters of
the time. The Nazis set out rules about what art would be 'acceptable',
which is essentially a kind of no nonsense, industrialist kind of art
that That proved to be quite influential in future design. The same
phenomenon  can be seen during the period of Stalin's ascendence to
power in Russia, and the art and posters are quite similar in nature.
How this translated into film making, I honestly don't know. I've not
seen many films of the era to be able to make a judgement. But poster
examples can be seen at these sites.

Word to the Wise: A barrel full of monkeys isn't fun for very long if
there aren't any air holes.

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