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To Free the Cinema Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground

ISBN-10: 069102345X

ISBN-13: 9780691023458

Edition: 1992

Authors: David E. James

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Jonas Mekas, one of the driving forces behind New York's alternative film culture from the 1950s through the 1980s, made for an unlikely counterculture hero: a Lithuanian emigr and fervent nationalist from an agrarian family, he had not grown up with either capitalist commercialism or the postwar rebellion against it. By focusing on his sensitivity to political struggle, however, leading film commentators here offer fascinating insights into Mekas's career as a writer, filmdistributor, and film-maker, while exploring the history of independent cinema in New York since World War II. This collection of essays, interviews, and photographs addresses such topics as Mekas's column in the Village Voice, his foundation and editorship of Film Culture, his role in the establishment of Anthology Film Archives and The Film-Makers Co-op (the major distribution center for independent film), his interaction with other artists, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and finally the critical assessment of his own films, from Guns of the Trees and The Brig in the sixties to the diary films that followed Walden. The contributors to this volume are Paul Arthur, Vyt Bakaitis, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Rudy Burckhardt, David Curtis, Richard Foreman, Tom Gunning, Bob Harris, J. Hoberman, David E. James, Marjorie Keller, Peter Kubelka, George Kuchar, Richard Leacock, Barbara Moore, Peter Moore, Scott Nygren, John Pruitt, Lauren Rabinovitz, Michael Renov, Jeffrey K. Ruoff, and Maureen Turim.
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/5/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 9.50" wide x 6.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Routines of Emancipation: Alternative Cinema in the Ideology and Politics of the Sixties
The Old Days
Jonas Mekas: A European Critic in America
"Loved Him, Hated It": An Interview with Andrew Sarris
The Apron Strings of Jonas Mekas
How I Think I Made Some of My Films
The Forest and The Trees
Notes on Displacement: The Poems and Diary Films of Jonas Mekas
During the Second Half of the Sixties
Film Diary/Diary Film: Practice and Product in Walden
A Portfolio of Photographs
Reminiscences, Subjectivities, and Truths
My Contacts with Jonas Mekas
Lost, Lost, Lost: Mekas as Essayist
Dear Friends
Film Writing and the Figure of Death: He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life
A Tale of Two Co-ops
Jonas Mekas
Wearing the Critic's Hat: History, Critical Discourses, and the American Avant-Garde Cinema
Who Is Afraid of Jonas Mekas?
Video at Anthology
I Feel Passionate about the Film Journals of Jonas Mekas
Home Movies of the Avant-Garde: Jonas Mekas and the New York Art World
Appendices
A Autobiographical Notes
B Filmography
C Showcases I Ran in the Sixties
B Books Published
Index