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Avant-Garde Film: Motion Studies (Cambridge Film Classics)

Avant-Garde Film: Motion Studies (Cambridge Film Classics)
Author: Scott MacDonald
ISBN 13: 9780521388214
ISBN 10: 52138821
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1993-02-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 212
List Price: $39.99

Avant-Garde Film examines fifteen of the most suggestive and useful films from the independent film tradition.

Library Journal

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 mainstream film: Peter Watkins's The Journey is more than 14 hours long; Yoko Ono's No. 4 (Bottoms) is an 80-minute montage of bare bottoms in closeup. McDonald (English and film, Utica Coll. of Syracuse Univ.) examines the technical and artistic features of each film, placing it in context within the avant-garde's trends and movements. An earlier book with a similar focus, Stan Brakhaga's Film at Wit's End: Eight Avant-Garde Filmmakers ( LJ 10/1/89) is more readable, but lacks MacDonald's depth of analysis; since there is virtually no overlap in terms of artists covered, libraries serving serious students of such movies will want both.-- David C. Tucker, De Kalb County P.L., Decatur, Ga