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Filming of Modern Life European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s

ISBN-10: 0262015188

ISBN-13: 9780262015189

Edition: 2011

Authors: Malcolm Turvey

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In the 1920s, the European avant-garde embraced the cinema, experimenting with the medium in radical ways. Painters including Hans Richter and Fernand Leger as well as filmmakers belonging to such avant-garde movements as Dada and surrealism made some of the most enduring and fascinating films in the history of cinema. In The Filming of Modern Life, Malcolm Turvey examines five films from the avant-garde canon and the complex, sometimes contradictory, attitudes toward modernity they express: Rhythm 21(Hans Richter, 1921), Ballet mecanique(Dudley Murphy and Fernand Leger, 1924), EntrOEacte(Francis Picabia and Rene Clair, 1924), Un chien andalou(Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel, 1929), and Man with a Movie Camera(Dziga Vertov, 1929). All exemplify major trends within European avant-garde cinema of the time, from abstract animation to OEcinema pur.OE Turvey argues that these films share a concern with modernization and the rapid, dislocating changes it was bringing about. He critically addresses major theories of the avant-garde and its relation to modern life, including the claim that film is OEdistractingOE in the same way as a modern environment, and he challenges the standard view of the avant-garde as implacably opposed to bourgeois modernity. In fact, he writes, not only was there considerable disagreement among avant-garde movements about what aspects of modern life needed transformation, but the positions of individual avant-garde artists toward modernization were complex, even contradictory. All five films that Turvey analyzes embrace and resist, in their own ways, different aspects of modernity. Although much has been written about each of these films, The Filming of Modern Lifeis the first book to examine them together, illuminating their shared concern with modernization and its consequences.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/28/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 170
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Malcolm Turvey is Professor of Film History at Sarah Lawrence College and an editor of October. He is the author of Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition.