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Black Wave polemics: rhetoric as aesthetic

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The Yugoslav Black Wave film is polemical and rhetoric is one of its key aesthetic concerns the Marxist rhetoric of a ruthless critique of all existing conditions. The polemical application of this rhetoric forms the basis of the Black Wave as a movement; the desired course of action was an engaging of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) in a critical dialogue, for a more humane socialism. Black Wave films of concern here present the symbol of political speechmaking in this rhetorical/polemical context. They will be analysed with regards to content, or rhetoric, in an attempt to elucidate the contemporary issues that were important to some of the film-makers, also with regards to film language, or form. These films include Mlad i zdrav kao rua/Young and Healthy as a Rose (Jovan Jovanovi, 1971), WR: Misterije organizma/WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Duan Makavejev, 1971) and Neprijatelj/The Enemy (ivojin Pavlovi, 1965).
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Keywords: Marxism; Yugoslav Black Wave; aesthetics; film; polemics; rhetoric

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade.

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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