The Geopolitical Aesthetic

A list of films featured in Fredric Jameson's book The Geopolitical Aesthetic

"The films discussed here have been selected with a view towards an unsystematic mapping or scanning of the world system itself: from what used to be called the superpowers, across the most industrialized zone of a former Third World now called the Pacific Rim, only to conclude with a confrontation between First World or European technology at its most self-conscious (in Godard) and a Third World meditation on that technology at its most self-consciously and reflexively naif (in the work of the Philippine film-maker Kidlat Tahimik)."

How does representation function in contemporary film? How does contemporary cinema represent an ever more complex and international social reality?

  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • A City of Sadness
  • Advise & Consent
  • All the President's Men
  • All the World's Memory
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Blow Out
  • Blow-Up
  • Burn!
  • Caravaggio
  • Days of Eclipse
  • Despair
  • Desperation
  • Dust in the Wind
  • Fail Safe
  • First Name: Carmen
  • Godard's Passion
  • High and Low
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Keep Your Right Up
  • King Lear
  • Klute
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Le Jour Se Lève
  • Lonely Are the Brave
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Marathon Man
  • Memories of Overdevelopment
  • Memories of Underdevelopment
  • Missing
  • Mr. Arkadin
  • My Friend Ivan Lapshin
  • North by Northwest
  • Nostalgia
  • Orpheus
  • Perfumed Nightmare
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • PlayTime
  • Salvador
  • Scénario du film 'Passion'
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
  • Soylent Green
  • Spartacus
  • Stalker
  • Taipei Story
  • That Obscure Object of Desire
  • The Conversation
  • The Dead Zone
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • The Grifters
  • The Parallax View
  • The Rules of the Game
  • The Sacrifice
  • Terrorizers
  • The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • Turumba
  • Under Fire
  • Vertigo
  • Videodrome
  • War and Peace
  • Who'll Stop the Rain