Filming of Modern Life European Avant-Garde Film of The 1920s
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Description: In the 1920s, the European avant-garde embraced the cinema, experimenting with themedium in radical ways. Painters including Hans Richter and Fernand Léger as well as filmmakersbelonging to such avant-garde movements as Dada and surrealism made some of the most enduring andfascinating 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, sometimescontradictory, attitudes toward modernity they express: Rhythm 21 (Hans Richter, 1921),Ballet mécanique (Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, 1924),Entr'acte (Francis Picabia and René Clair, 1924), Un chienAndalou (Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, 1929), and Man with a MovieCamera (Dziga Vertov, 1929). All exemplify major trends within European avant-garde cinemaof the time, from abstract animation to "cinéma pur." All five films embrace and resist,in their own ways, different aspects of modernity.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/13/2013
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.60" tall
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.