Abstract – Marxism and Film

Marxism and Film

Abstract

Chuck Kleinhans’ article “Marxism and Film” (1998) suggests that the comments Marx and Engels made on art and particularly on literature can be considered as a whole, even though they did not write a full-fledged aesthetic theory. Because of its comprehensiveness, Marxism provides a significantly flexible method for analysis. It combines practical, progressive, democratic political objectives with dialectical potential for change and social analysis based on historical development. Thus Marxist analysis emerges as a necessary tool (not always clearly emphasized) for such topics of film studies as contemporary gender issues, race, ethnicity, and post-colonial thought.

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