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Hitler Moves East: A Graphic Chronicle, 1941-43 (edition 1977)

by David Levinthal (Author)

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"A serious chronicle of war and a sympathetic--even moving--portrayal of the soldier's hopeless stoicism. " -- New York Times  First published to little notice in 1977, Hitler Moves East is now widely regarded as a groundbreaking classic of modern photography. In this elegant, large-format limited edition, David Levinthal and Garry Trudeau's seminal book is finally being presented at a scale that does full justice to their haunting vision of war.    As the New York Times pointed out ten years after publication, "Levinthal's war pictures are radically new," and indeed they were.  Using cheap, molded plastic toy soldiers and tanks, art school classmates Trudeau and Levinthal conceived a fascinating new narrative form, a "paper movie," at once deeply evocative and unabashedly fake. Combining selected archival materials with photographs of 1/35-scale toys placed in meticulously constructed miniature settings, the two artists conjured up an astonishing reimagining of World War II's most epic campaign--the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Traveling precariously between fantasy and reality, Levinthal and Trudeau produced a work now recognized as both a sublime graphic manifesto and a powerful documentary of men at war.… (more)
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Info:Sheed Andrews & McMeel (1977), Edition: 1st, 95 pages
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When I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was most taken with Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography, a collection of photographs that straddle the boundary between real and unreal: staged scenarios that look real, real scenarios that look staged. A couple photos came from this book, and I sought it out once I came home. It chronicles the progression of German invasion of Russia, entirely factually, but the pictures are all of toys: toy soldiers, toy tanks, toy train cars. But in their blurry, black-and-white state, it can be hard to tell. You can tell, but the pictures hover just on the edge of reality. Much like war itself, one suspects. The informational text (by Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury fame) is dry (the quotes from participants are much more interesting), but the pictures are fabulous. I could have pored over this thing all day, had I had the time.
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"A serious chronicle of war and a sympathetic--even moving--portrayal of the soldier's hopeless stoicism. " -- New York Times  First published to little notice in 1977, Hitler Moves East is now widely regarded as a groundbreaking classic of modern photography. In this elegant, large-format limited edition, David Levinthal and Garry Trudeau's seminal book is finally being presented at a scale that does full justice to their haunting vision of war.    As the New York Times pointed out ten years after publication, "Levinthal's war pictures are radically new," and indeed they were.  Using cheap, molded plastic toy soldiers and tanks, art school classmates Trudeau and Levinthal conceived a fascinating new narrative form, a "paper movie," at once deeply evocative and unabashedly fake. Combining selected archival materials with photographs of 1/35-scale toys placed in meticulously constructed miniature settings, the two artists conjured up an astonishing reimagining of World War II's most epic campaign--the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Traveling precariously between fantasy and reality, Levinthal and Trudeau produced a work now recognized as both a sublime graphic manifesto and a powerful documentary of men at war.

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