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Avant-Garde Film
Motion Studies

Part of Cambridge Film Classics

  • Date Published: February 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521388214


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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521388214
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 64 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. From Stern to Stem: Yoko Ono: No.4 (Bottoms)
    Michael Snow: Wavelength
    Ernie Gehr: Serene Velocity
    J. J. Murphy: Print Generation
    Morgan Fisher: Standard Gauge
    Part II. Psychic Excursions: Hollis Frampton: Zorns Lemma
    Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen: Riddles of the Sphinx
    James Benning: American Dreams
    Su Friedrich: The Ties That Bind
    Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi: From the Pole to the Equator
    Part III. Premonitions of Global Cinema: Warren Sonbert: The Carriage Trade
    Godfrey Reggio: Powaqqatsi
    Trinh T. Minh-ha: Naked Spaces: Living in the Round
    Yvonne Rainer: Journey from Berlin/1971
    Peter Watkins: The Journey.

  • Author

    Scott MacDonald, Syracuse University, New York

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