Tuesday, Dec. 2
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Rm. G03
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Refreshments to follow
Special Event - Free Screening with Filmmaker
The Passage of Walter Benjamin
A new documentary by Judith Wechsler
Q&A with Filmmaker Judith Wechsler, NEH Professor Emerita of Art History at Tufts University
Program presented by Brandeis University's Center for German & European Studies, History of Ideas Program; Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections
The luminous glass covered commercial walkways of 19th century Paris, know as the Paris Arcades (or "Passages" in French), profoundly inspired the renowned literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin. From 1927 to 1940, Benjamin worked on a massive, unfinished work about which he wrote, "My book, Paris Arcades, is the theater of all my struggles and all my ideas."
Filmmaker Judith Wechsler, who gained access access to the Benjamin archives in Berlin, weaves together marvelous archival film of Paris and Berlin in the 1920s & 1930s, manuscripts, letters, prints, photographs from the Bibliotheque National in Paris, and interviews with leading Benjamin scholars Susan Buck-Morss, Howard Eiland, Elie Friedlander, and Erdmut Wizisla.