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On the Eve of the Future: Selected Writings on Film On the Eve of the Future: Selected Writings on Film

Annette Michelson Annette Michelson
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The celebrated critic and film scholar Annette Michelson saw the avant-garde filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s as radically redefining and extending the Modernist tradition of painting and sculpture, and in essays that were as engaging as they were influential and as lucid as they were learned, she set out to demonstrate the importance of the underappreciated medium of film. On the Eve of the Future collects more than thirty years’ worth of those essays, focusing on her most relevant engagements with avant-garde production in experimental cinema, particularly with the movement known as American Independent Cinema.

This volume includes the first critical essay on Marcel Duchamp’s film Anemic Cinema, the first investigation into Joseph Cornell’s filmic practices, and the first major explorations of Michael Snow. It offers an important essay on Maya Deren, whose work was central to that era of renewal and reinvention, seminal critiques of Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, and Harry Smith, and overviews of Independent Cinema. Gathered here for the first time, these texts demonstrate Michelson’s pervasive influence as a writer and thinker and her role in the establishment of cinema studies as an academic field. 

The postwar generation of Independents worked to develop radically new terms, techniques, and strategies of production and distribution. Michelson shows that the fresh new forms they created from the legacy of Modernism became the basis of new forms of spectatorship and cinematic pleasure.

Table of Content:

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I
On the Eve of the Future: The Reasonable Facsimile and the Philosophical Toy (1984)
The Art of Moving Shadows (1989)
Gnosis and Iconoclasm: A Case Study in Cinephilia (1998)
PART II
Poetics and Savage Thought: About Anagram (2001)
Anemic Cinema: Reflections on an Emblematic Work (1973)
Rose Hobart and Monsieur Phot: Early Films from Utopia Parkway (1973)
Toward Snow (1971)
About Snow (1979)
Time out of Mind: Frampton’s Circles of Confusion (1983)
Frampton’s Sieve and Brakhage’s Riddle (1985)
The Mummy’s Return: A Kleinian Film Scenario (1995)
Solving the Puzzle: Martha Rosler (1999)
“Where Is Your Rupture?”: Mass Culture and the Gesamtkunstwerk (1991)
Index

Author Biography: Annette Michelson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. A founding editor of the journal October, she has written on art and cinema for more than five decades.

The celebrated critic and film scholar Annette Michelson saw the avant-garde filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s as radically redefining and extending the Modernist tradition of painting and sculpture, and in essays that were as engaging as they were influential and as lucid as they were learned, she set out to demonstrate the importance of the underappreciated medium of film. On the Eve of the Future collects more than thirty years’ worth of those essays, focusing on her most relevant engagements with avant-garde production in experimental cinema, particularly with the movement known as American Independent Cinema.

This volume includes the first critical essay on Marcel Duchamp’s film Anemic Cinema, the first investigation into Joseph Cornell’s filmic practices, and the first major explorations of Michael Snow. It offers an important essay on Maya Deren, whose work was central to that era of renewal and reinvention, seminal critiques of Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, and Harry Smith, and overviews of Independent Cinema. Gathered here for the first time, these texts demonstrate Michelson’s pervasive influence as a writer and thinker and her role in the establishment of cinema studies as an academic field. 

The postwar generation of Independents worked to develop radically new terms, techniques, and strategies of production and distribution. Michelson shows that the fresh new forms they created from the legacy of Modernism became the basis of new forms of spectatorship and cinematic pleasure.

Table of Content:

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I
On the Eve of the Future: The Reasonable Facsimile and the Philosophical Toy (1984)
The Art of Moving Shadows (1989)
Gnosis and Iconoclasm: A Case Study in Cinephilia (1998)
PART II
Poetics and Savage Thought: About Anagram (2001)
Anemic Cinema: Reflections on an Emblematic Work (1973)
Rose Hobart and Monsieur Phot: Early Films from Utopia Parkway (1973)
Toward Snow (1971)
About Snow (1979)
Time out of Mind: Frampton’s Circles of Confusion (1983)
Frampton’s Sieve and Brakhage’s Riddle (1985)
The Mummy’s Return: A Kleinian Film Scenario (1995)
Solving the Puzzle: Martha Rosler (1999)
“Where Is Your Rupture?”: Mass Culture and the Gesamtkunstwerk (1991)
Index

Author Biography: Annette Michelson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. A founding editor of the journal October, she has written on art and cinema for more than five decades.

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SKU 9780262035507
Author(s) Michelson, Annette
Publisher(s) MIT Press
Format Hardback
Original publication date 14 Mar 2017
Number of pages 325 pages including 24 colour photos and 54 b&w photos

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