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Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema

by Ted Perry

Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema Synopsis

In Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema, prominent scholars consider well-known films that seem to stand alone in the history of cinema, without obvious precursors, and without progeny: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, L'age d'or, and Last Year in Marienbad, to name a few. Such films appear to be sui generis and in some ways incomprehensible; but as these essays demonstrate, they are best understood within contexts beyond the world of cinema. Most were heavily influenced by some aspect of Modernism-Symbolism, Dada, Expressionism, Surrealism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, etc.-but the social and political events of the period have left their mark on these films as well. The essays in this collection address individual films, exploring the place of each in the history of cinema and the history of ideas, ultimately rendering each comprehensible. Contributors are Dudley Andrew, Tom Gunning, Bruce Jenkins, Brandon W. Joseph, Anton Kaes, T. Jefferson Kline, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Gilberto Perez, Ted Perry, Tony Pipolo, John Pruitt, P. Adams Sitney, and Yuri Tsivian.

Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema Press Reviews

Perry (Middlebury College) has put together a superb overview of some key modernist films of the 20th century, films that changed the way that people view the motion picture as an art form. . . . All the essays are lucid, meticulously detailed, elegantly argued, and full of fresh insights that will make these frequently seen films come alive for a new generation of viewers. . . . Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. * Choice *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253218582
Publication date: 6th November 2006
Author: Ted Perry
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Film theory & criticism,

About Ted Perry

Ted Perry is the Paris Fletcher Professor of the Arts at Middlebury College. He is author of My Reel Story (with Rene Prieto) and Michelangelo Antonioni and editor of Buky Schwartz: The Seeing I.

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