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An Introduction to the American Underground Film by Sheldon Renan

By Sheldon Renan

Written within the 1960's this ebook is a accomplished research of avant-garde and experimental cinema relationship again to the infancy of the cinema. Names like Stan Brakhage and Jordan Belson who've had a measurable effect on sleek cinema in addition to the extra sensational auteurs like Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith are mentioned and evaluated. In our age of video and video discs, a lot of the e-book turns out dated however the chronicling of the evolution of contemporary approach and thematic fabric is thorough and engaging. a number of the discoveries of those pioneers are regular systems in today's cinema.
Renan's ebook on underground movie is a vintage "introduction" to the yank avant garde. great things on Brakhage, used to be most likely a gem in its day. identify sums it up, simply brief "blurbs" on a few beautiful now vague filmmakers... a pleasant significant other.

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