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Neither God nor MasterRobert Bresson and Radical Politics$
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Brian Price

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654611

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.001.0001

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The Agony of Ideas

The Agony of Ideas

The Devil Probably and Revolutionary Discourse

(p.148) 6 The Agony of Ideas
Neither God nor Master

Brian Price

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s response to The Devil Probably at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival, which suggests the significance of The Devil Probably to questions about the efficacy of revolution and left-wing terrorism raging through Europe in the mid- to late 1970s. What he admired most about The Devil Probably is the idea Bresson raises about the rejection of all social and political commitments as the true measure of freedom. The film is a fierce condemnation of the repressive tactics of the state, of its destruction of the environment and its close monitoring of youth culture.

Keywords:   Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Devil Probably, revolution, left-wing terrorism, Europe, freedom

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