Most Typical Avant-Garde History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles

ISBN-10: 0520242580
ISBN-13: 9780520242586
Edition: 2005
Authors: David E. James
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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 540
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Los Angeles has nourished a dazzling array of independent cinemas: avant-garde and art cinema, ethnic and industrial films, pornography, documentaries, and many other far-flung corners of film culture. This glorious panoramic history of film production outside the commercial studio system reconfigures Los Angeles, rather than New York, as the true center of avant-garde cinema in the United States. As he brilliantly delineates the cultural perimeter of the film business from the earliest days of cinema to the contemporary scene, David James argues that avant-garde and minority filmmaking in Los Angeles has in fact beentheprototypical attempt to create emancipatory and progressive culture. Drawing from urban history and geography, local news reporting, and a wide range of film criticism, James gives astute analyzes of scores of films--many of which are to found only in archives. He also looks at some of the most innovative moments in Hollywood, revealing the full extent of the cross-fertilization the occurred between the studio system and films created outside it. Throughout, he demonstrates that Los Angeles has been in the aesthetic and social vanguard in all cinematic periods--from the Socialist cinemas of the early teens and 1930s; to the personal cinemas of psychic self-investigation in the 1940s; to attempts in the 1960s to revitalize the industry with the counterculture's utopian visions; and to the 1970s, when African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, women, gays, and lesbians worked to create cinemas of their own. James takes us up to the 1990s and beyond to explore new forms of art cinema that are now transforming the representation of Southern California's geography.

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Acknowledgments
Avant-Garde Cinemas in Los Angeles
The Twenties: Avant-Garde in Hollywood
Hollywood Extras: A Great Tradition in Avant-Garde Cinema
The Thirties: Avant-Garde in the Industry
An Impossible Avant-Garde: Working-Class Cinema in Los Angeles
The Idea of the Amateur
The Forties: Wizards of the Id, Maya Deren and Her Acolytes
Minor Cinemas: Institutions of the Avant-Garde
Film and the Other Arts
Minority Cinemas: Film and Identity Politics in the Seventies
Narrating Los Angeles: Art Films and Independent Features
Documenting Southern California: Structural Film and Landscape
Notes
Acknowledgments of Permissions
Index

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