Examines fifteen of the most suggestive and useful films from this film tradition.
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.
Table of Contents
Part I. From Stern to Stem: Yoko Ono: No.4
Michael Snow: Wavelength
Ernie Gehr: Serene Velocity
J. J. Murphy: Print Generation
Morgan Fisher: Standard Gauge
Part II. Psychic Excursions: Hollis Frampton:
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen: Riddles of the
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
Yvonne Rainer: Journey from Berlin/1971
Peter Watkins: The Journey.