Avant-Garde Film: Motion Studies

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CUP Archive, Feb 26, 1993 - Performing Arts - 199 pages
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The past thirty years have seen the proliferation of forms of independent cinema that challenge the conventions of mass-market commercial movies from within the movie theatre. Avant-Garde Film examines fifteen of the most suggestive and useful films from this film tradition. The films discussed include No. 4 (Bottoms) by Yoko Ono, Wavelength by Michael Snow, Serene Velocity by Ernie Gehr, Print Generation by J. J. Murphy, Standard Gauge by Morgan Fisher, Zorns Lemma by Hollis Frampton, The Ties that Bind by Su Friedrich, From the Pole to the Equator by Yervant Gianikian and The Carriage Trade by Warren Sonbert. Through in-depth readings of these works, Scott MacDonald takes viewers on a critical circumnavigation of the conventions of movie going as seen by filmmakers who have rebelled against the conventions. MacDonald's discussions do not merely analyse the films; they provide a useful, accessible, jargon-free critical apparatus for viewing avant-garde film and communicate the author's pleasure in exploring 'impenetrable' works.
 

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The 15 films featured here are not of the "midnight movie'' ilk (though John Waters is mentioned in passing), but works whose form, structure, and content challenge the most basic conventions of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction page
1
FROM STERN TO STEM
17
No 4 Bottoms
19
Wavelength
28
Serene Velocity
37
Print Generation
45
Standard Gauge
54
PSYCHIC EXCURSIONS
65
Riddles of the Sphinx
79
American Dreams
93
The Ties That Bind
102
From the Pole to the Equator
112
PREMONITIONS OF A GLOBAL CINEMA
123
The Carriage Trade
127
Powaqqatsi
137
Naked Spaces Living Is Round
147

Zorns Lemma
67

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