Visionary Film

Visionary Film : The American Avant-Garde, 1943-2000

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Visionary Film has remained the standard text on the American avant-garde cinema since the publication of its first edition in 1974. It has been hailed as the most complete work written on the exciting, often puzzling, and always controversial genre of American avant-garde film. In this book P. Adams Sitney discusses the principle genres and the major filmmakers since Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid made their dreamlike film "Meshes of the Afternoon" in 1943. Sitney also identifies the emergence and flowering of a new genre, which he calls Menippean Satire. Thsi edition also includes a chapter on the films of Gregory J. Markopoulos which had been dropped from the second more

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  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 77 halftones, 2 line illustrations
  • 0195148851
  • 9780195148855

About P. Adams Sitney

P. Adams Sitney is Professor of Visual Art at Princeton more

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Praise for previous editions of Visionary Film "Without question it is the first such book on the avant-garde film--the first one that probes this field in such depth, with such perspective and vision, with such insight and intelligence."--Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice"Extremely informative and dense with associations that give it an importance and interest beyond the immediate subject matter."--Vincent Canby, The New York Times"It is an event of no small importance that a work has now appeared on personal film that ranks as a first-rate work of critical analysis, bearing comparison with the best criticism in more traditional media. This book signals a coming of age for the literature of personal film.... For those who have never been able to see the films discussed, Visionary Film creates a powerful motivation to do so."--Afterimageshow more

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