Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema

Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema

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In Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema, prominent scholars consider well-known films that seem to stand alone in the history of cinema, without obvious precursors, and without progeny: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, L'age d'or, and Last Year in Marienbad, to name a few. Such films appear to be sui generis and in some ways incomprehensible; but as these essays demonstrate, they are best understood within contexts beyond the world of cinema. Most were heavily influenced by some aspect of Modernism-Symbolism, Dada, Expressionism, Surrealism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, etc.-but the social and political events of the period have left their mark on these films as well. The essays in this collection address individual films, exploring the place of each in the history of cinema and the history of ideas, ultimately rendering each comprehensible.Contributors are Dudley Andrew, Tom Gunning, Bruce Jenkins, Brandon W. Joseph, Anton Kaes, T. Jefferson Kline, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Gilberto Perez, Ted Perry, Tony Pipolo, John Pruitt, P. Adams Sitney, and Yuri more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 25.4mm | 476.28g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 26 b&w illus.
  • 0253218586
  • 9780253218582
  • 2,072,450

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Perry (Middlebury College) has put together a superb overview of some key modernist films of the 20th century, films that changed the way that people view the motion picture as an art form. . . . All the essays are lucid, meticulously detailed, elegantly argued, and full of fresh insights that will make these frequently seen films come alive for a new generation of viewers. . . . Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. * Choice *show more

About Ted Perry

Ted Perry is the Paris Fletcher Professor of the Arts at Middlebury College. He is author of My Reel Story (with Rene Prieto) and Michelangelo Antonioni and editor of Buky Schwartz: The Seeing more

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ContentsIntroduction Ted Perry1. The Birth of Film Out of the Spirit of Modernity Tom Gunning2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Expressionism and Cinema Anton Kaes3. Entr'acte: Dada as Real Illusion Ted Perry4. Man with a Movie Camera-Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties Yuri Tsivian5. L'age d'or and the Eroticism of the Spirit Dudley Andrew6. Meshes of the Afternoon: A Model of Visual Thinking John Pruitt7. Brakhage and Modernism P. Adams Sitney8. Andy Warhol's Sleep: The Play of Repetition Branden W. Joseph9. Last Year at Marienbad: High Modern and Postmodern T. Jefferson Kline10. Bruce Conner's Report: Contesting Camelot Bruce Jenkins11. Au hasard, Balthazar: The Body in the Soul Tony Pipolo12. Gehr's Still Gilberto Perez13. Lives of Performers and the Trouble with Empathy Carrie Lambert-BeattyList of ContributorsIndexshow more

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