Zizek, Slavoj. THE FRIGHT OF REAL TEARS: KRZYSTOF KIESLOWSKI BETWEEN THEORY AND POST-THEORY. London, England: British Film Institute, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/Second Printing. 240 pages. Fine.

Book-length account on subject. One of Slavoj Zizek's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition in its Second Printing. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition, which is a softcover original only. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only less than one month, in December 2001, after the first printing (November 15, 2001). The print run of both the First and Second Printings combined was 500 copies. Distributed to public libraries and universities only. None of the copies was commercially sold. There is NO American Edition. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Slavoj Zizek's "The Fright of Real Tears: Krzystof Kiewslowski Between Theory And Post-Theory". The most theoretical approach to the Polish director's emotional yet contemplative body of work, at a time of massive global upheaval in the immediate aftermath of 9/11/2001. For Zizek, the frightening thing is, and always will be, reality, real tears. "Film theory is in crisis. The dominant psychoanalytical paradigm is contested by cognitive models and post-theory. In the background is a wider crisis in cultural studies, particularly as regards the public role of the politically engaged intellectual. In this major new study, Slavoj Zizek challenges both cognitivist-historicist accounts of cinema and conventional film theory. Arguing that the reading of Lacan operative in the 1070's and 1980's was particularly reductive, Zizek asserts that there is 'another Lacan', in reference to whom film theory, cultural studies, and critical thought as such can be transformed and revitalized. He supports and expands this argument with an extensive reading of the work of Kieslowski and in a substantial Appendix, with a discussion of the relationship between Christianity, Gothicism, and the 'progressive digitalisation of our life world' " (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Slavoj Zizek collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/Second Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only less than one month, in December 2001, after the first printing (November 15, 2001). The print run of both the First and Second Printings combined was 500 copies. Distributed to public libraries and universities only. None of the copies was commercially sold. There is NO American Edition. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant philosopher-thinkers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SLAVOJ ZIZEK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0851707556. $100.00

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