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A CINEMA OF CITATION: THE FILMS OF ALEXANDER KLUGE

I. BEHOLD THE COVER of Alexander Kluge’s most recent book, Cinema Stories,1 and you find yourself eye to eye with a gorilla guarding a slumbering woman, an image you take to be a production still from King Kong (but you’re wrong). The half-title page bears another unidentified photograph: Here a dashing man, with a nocturnal metropolis as his backdrop, embraces Catwoman (but no, it isn’t Halle Berry or Michelle Pfeiffer or Lee Meriwether). The table of contents lists thirty-nine tales, a mixed bag of titles ranging from the generic (“Cold Shower”) to the convoluted (“How We Cameramen Became Patriots, Simply Because We Were Efficient”); from the decidedly straightforward (“The Final Film Screening in the Reich Chancellery”) to the downright obscure (“The Plöger Delicatessen as the Replacement Target of a Demonstration”). Skimming the volume’s 111 pages, you begin to realize that these

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