Film as a subversive art0394490789, 9780394490786
Description:The film experience — The world view of subversive cinema — Pt. 1. Weapons of subversion : the subversion of form. The revolutionary film avant-garde in Soviet Russia — Aesthetic rebels and rebellious clowns. Expressionism: the cinema of unrest ; Surrealism: the cinema of shock ; Dada and Pop: anti-art? ; The comic tradition — The destruction of time and space — The destruction of plot and narrative — The assault on montage — The triumph and death of the moving camera. The camera moves ; Minimal cinema — The devaluation of language — Straining towards the limits. The elimination of reality ; The subversion of illusion ; The elimination of the image ; The elimination of the screen ; The elimination of the camera ; The elimination of the artist — Pt. 2. Weapons of subversion : the subversion of content. International left and revolutionary cinema. The West: rebels, Maoists, and the new Goddard ; Subversion in Eastern Europe: Aesopian metaphors ; The Third World: a new cinema ; East Germany : against the West — The terrible poetry of Nazi cinema — Secrets and revelations –Pt. 3. Weapons of subversion : forbidden subjects of the cinema. The power of the visual taboo — The attack on puritanism : nudity — The end of sexual taboos : erotic and pornographic cinema — The end of sexual taboos : homosexuality and other variants — The first mystery : birth — The ultimate secret : death. Death ; Concentration camps — The attack on God : blasphemy and anti-clericalism — Trance and witchcraft — Pt. 4. Towards a new consciousness. Counterculture and avant-garde — The subversion of subversion — The eternal subversion.