Film as a Subversive Art

Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1974
AuthorsVogel A
Number of Pages336 pp
PublisherC. T. Editions
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN Number9780394490786
Other Id.NumbersOCLC 1062556
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  • The film experience
  • The world view of subversive cinema
  • pt. 1. Weapons of subversion : the subversion of form.
    • The revolutionary film avant-garde in Soviet Russia
    • Aesthetic rebels and rebellious clowns. Expressionism: the cinema of unrest ; Surrealism: the cinema of shock ; Dada and Pop: anti-art? ; The comic tradition
    • The destruction of time and space
    • The destruction of plot and narrative
    • The assault on montage
    • The triumph and death of the moving camera. The camera moves ; Minimal cinema
    • The devaluation of language
    • Straining towards the limits. The elimination of reality ; The subversion of illusion ; The elimination of the image ; The elimination of the screen ; The elimination of the camera ; The elimination of the artist
  • pt. 2. Weapons of subversion : the subversion of content.
    • International left and revolutionary cinema. The West: rebels, Maoists, and the new Goddard ; Subversion in Eastern Europe: Aesopian metaphors ; The Third World: a new cinema ; East Germany : against the West
    • The terrible poetry of Nazi cinema
    • Secrets and revelations
  • Pt. 3. Weapons of subversion : forbidden subjects of the cinema.
    • The power of the visual taboo
    • The attack on puritanism : nudity
    • The end of sexual taboos : erotic and pornographic cinema
    • The end of sexual taboos : homosexuality and other variants
    • The first mystery : birth
    • The ultimate secret : death. Death ; Concentration camps
    • The attack on God : blasphemy and anti-clericalism
    • Trance and witchcraft
  • pt. 4. Towards a new consciousness.
    • Counterculture and avant-garde
    • The subversion of subversion
    • The eternal subversion.


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