Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes, and Passions

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Columbia University Press, Aug 14, 2012 - Performing Arts - 144 pages
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Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions examines the variety of concerns and practices that have comprised the long history of avant-garde film at a level appropriate for undergraduate study. It covers the developments of experimental film-making since the modernist explosion in the 1920s in Europe through to the Soviet film experiments, the American Underground cinema and the French New Wave, structuralism and contemporary gallery work of the young British artists. Through in-depth case-studies, the book introduces students not only to the history of the avant-garde but also to varied analytical approaches to the films themselves - ranging from abstraction (Richter, Ruttmann) to surreal visions (Bunuel, Wyn Evans), underground subversion (Jack Smith, Warhol) to experimental narrative (Deren and Antonioni).
 

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Contents

DEFINITIONS
1
THE EUROPEAN AVANTGARDES
8
SOVIET EXPERIMENTS
26
BRITISH AVANTGARDE FILM
38
AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY
48
THE AESTHETICS OF THE FRAME
58
THE NEW WAVE
69
SEX DRUGS AND STRUCTURE
84
FORM DEGREE ZERO
96
THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
107
THE YOUNG BRITISH ARTISTS
119
BIBLIOGRAPHY
129
INDEX
134
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About the author (2012)

Michael O'Pray is Reader in Film in School of Art and Design, University of East London and has published widely on experimental cinema and artists' film and video.


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