Subversion: The Definitive History of Underground Cinema
Subversion: The Definitive History of Underground Cinema is the indispensable history of underground cinema, an untold story that includes the British independent and French avant-garde cinemas of the 1920s, the counterculture film movements of the 1960s, the microcinema resurgence of the 1990s, and beyond. Dispensing with simplistic "art versus commerce" discourses, Subversion not only discovers the cultural roots of underground filmmaking in bohemian cabarets of nineteenth-century Paris and the fairbooths of medieval London, but situates the underground as a radical and popular subculture separate from mainstream cinema and avant-garde film.
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Review: Subversion: The Definitive History of Underground CinemaUser Review - Mike Everleth - Goodreads
Takes an extremely different tact than most film books by tying its key arguments to pre-cinema history. Opens up whole new modes of thinking of the avant-garde film arts. Read full review
Review: Subversion: The Definitive History of Underground CinemaUser Review - Eileen - Goodreads
Great history of underground cinema, very detailed and very clear - my only caveat was that it is a bit polemical. Read full review