i found this interesting link https://filmschoolrejects.com/culture-warrior-the-gesamtkuntswerk-b5273e96d452/
I would argue that opera is possibly a more useful model to evaluate much hollywood blockbuster style entertainment than say seeing it through the lens of a classic hollywood style i.e. films are nowadays driven by a need to have a multimedia spectacle, something that thrills the emotions and affects. Films like Sicario and Under the Skin operate less as dialogue/narrative driven works. Palmer who wrote the above article singles out Limits of control as an example of a Gesamptkunstwerk that doesn't really succeed- I would put forward another Jarmusch film Only lovers left alive as a better example. I like Palmers' words below...I think the cinematic gesamtkunstwerk is rare, but real nonetheless. It takes a skilled filmmaker and the right material, but sometimes a film comes along that integrates many other works of art into a single film in a way that doesn’t go directly against it being also strongly cinematic, instead employing this ambitious practice seamlessly into what the film at large is trying to achieve. When it happens, the result can be spectacular." Sounds promising !!
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