Abstract Film and Beyond

by Malcolm Legrice, Malcolm Legrice

“Malcolm Le Grice, an important experimental filmmaker from England, film journalist for “Studio International, “and teacher…

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.0 out of 5
  • Published March 30th 1982 by MIT Press (MA)
  • Original Title: Abstract Film and Beyond
  • ISBN: 0262620383 (ISBN13: 9780262620383)
  • Edition Language: English
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“Malcolm Le Grice, an important experimental filmmaker from England, film journalist for “Studio International, “and teacher … gives us a lucid account, both historical and theoretical, of the main preoccupations of abstract filmmakers….”Le Grice begins with a painter, Cezanne, to show how his preoccupation with pictorial space is a key to any understanding of the notion of abstraction. He goes on to discuss the Futurists’ cinema, the early abstract film experiments by Eggeling, Duchamp and others in Germany and France of the ’20s, the West Coast filmmakers of the ’40s, and a stimulating view of the experimental film movement after WW II, including the works of Brakhage, Snow, Gidal and Sharits.”- “Art Direction””Whether or not one agrees with Le Grice’s valuation of an alternate cinema, “Abstract Film and Beyond “clearly demonstrates that the cinema, that great twentieth-century art, is no mere entertainment, but an event of tremendous importance and implication.”- “The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism”