Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos


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Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos contains some ninety out-of-print or previously unavailable articles by the Greek-American filmmaker who, as a contemporary of Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol, was at the forefront of a movement that established a truly independent form of cinema. Beginning with his early writings on the American avant-garde and auteurs such as Dreyer, Bresson and Mizoguchi, it also features numerous essays on Markopoulos’ own practice, and on films by Robert Beavers, that were circulated only in journals, self-published editions or programme notes. The texts become increasingly metaphysical and poetic as the filmmaker pursued his ideal of Temenos, an archive and screening space to be located at a remote site in the Peloponnese where his epic final work could be viewed in harmony with the Greek landscape. Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-1992) is a unique figure in film history, whose life’s work stands in testament to his strength of vision and commitment to the medium.

Edited by Mark Webber, with a foreword by P. Adams Sitney


“This collection of writings by a key figure of the New American Cinema complements, illuminates and extends an incomparable body of work. Equal parts theory, criticism and mythical prose, the texts reflect the charisma and originality of its author – and his enduring romanticism. Brandished by the same absolutes and passion that fuel his films, Film as Film is a seminal addition to film scholarship and film history, and includes some of the most original writing on the art of cinema, not unlike that of Jean Cocteau and Pier Paolo Pasolini.” - Andréa Picard, Toronto International Film Festival

“For the first time the full depths of Gregory Markopoulos’ rigorous imagination can be fathomed. Film as Film is an indispensable companion to Markopoulos’ unique cinema and a fascinating chronicle of his probing thoughts on filmmaking.” - Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive


Table of Contents:


Film as Film: An Introduction, Mark Webber

Markopoulos Writings, P. Adams Sitney

I: Cinema, The Ideal (An Exposition)
The Responsibility of the Cinema in Our Age, c.1955 
Cinema The Ideal, 1960 
Sto Palikari, 1968 
Towards a Constructive Complex in Projection, 1968
A Supreme Art in a Dark Age, 1971 
Dante Present, 1971 
Inherent Limitations, 1966 
The Pyramid of Sight, 1986 
The Intuition Space, 1973

II: Avant-Garde Chronicle (On Films & Filmmakers)
A Part of the Alphabet, 1961 
Overtime, 1961 
Avant-Garde Chronicle, 1963 
Projection of Thoughts, 1964 
Judgement Through Bad Conscience, 1965 
What Are You Ready For?, 1965 
Institutions Customs Landscapes, 1966 
The Golden Poet, 1962 
Scorpio Rising, 1963 
Innocent Revels, 1964 
Three Filmmakers, 1964 
Stille Nacht, 1961 
Jean Genet’s Only Film: Un chant d’amour, 1961 
Film of the Absurd, 1962 
Negatives, 1968 
Robert Bresson: A Brief Survey, 1962 
The Marvels and Lamentations of Mizoguchi, 1968

III: Disclosed Knowledge (On Markopoulos)
L’Arbre aux champignons, 1950 
Psyche’s Search for the Herb of Invulnerability, 1955 
A Note for Hans Van Manen, 1971 
Bruised by the Critics, 1966 
Whither Motion Pictures, 1985 
From Fanshawe to Swain, 1966 
Statement Concerning Cinema, 1963 
Towards a New Narrative Film Form, 1963
Twice a Man Statement, 1965 
The Driving Rhythm, 1966 
Twice a Man, Three Time Prize Winner, 1966 
Galaxie, 1966 
The Filmmaker as Physician of the Future. 1967 
A Note (for Jean-Paul Vroom), 1971 
The Divine Attributes, 1970 
Correspondences of Smell and Visuals, 1967 
Towards a New Sound Complement for Motion Pictures, 1967 
Adventures with Bliss in Roma, 1967 
The Adamantine Bridge, 1968 
Disclosed Knowledge, 1970 
Rebus, 1970 
The Redeeming of the Contrary, 1971 
The Celestial Inheritance, 1971

IV: The Threshold of the Frame (On Robert Beavers)
10th of July, 1967 
The Siege of Bruxelles, 1968 
Circumbendibus Notes, 1968 
“And I Shall Pull Things From the Stars”, 1972 
From First Creative Steps Forward, 1971 
The Language of Diamonds, 1970 
Love’s Task, 1971 
In Other Words It Is His Tongue, 1971 
Art Is Not Knowledge, 1973 
The Threshold of the Frame, 1974 
Clarity Upon Clarity Through Reflection, 1974 
The Gathering of Perception and Judgement, 1974 
Erb and Tree, 1975 
Πνοιη (Pnoee), 1976

V: Towards a Temenos (On Temenos)
Formal Account, 1970 
Towards a Temenos, 1970 
A Solemn Pause, 1971 
The Filmmaker’s Perception in Contemplation, 1972 
The Complex Illusion, 1972 
Element of the Void, 1972 
Towards a Complete Order, 1974 
The Usury of the Creative Soul, 1976 
Ηρακλής (Heracles), 1978 
Εικόνες Αυτών (Ikones Auton), 1979 
Προνώπιον (Pronopion), 1980 
Ένθεος (Entheos), 1980 
Aei!, 1981 
Mosholibano, 1981 
The Silk Road, 1982 
The Ancient Future, 1983 
Proposal to the Architect of the Temenos, 1984 
The High Tableland, 1984 
Ανάλαμψις (Analampsis), 1985 
Message for D. W. Griffith, 1985 
Hues Point, 1985 
Αεί Καλόν (Aei Kalon A), 1985 
Αεί Καλόν (Aei Kalon B), 1985 
The Amygdaline Grove, 1986 
The Bread of Angels, 1987 
Unification of the Frame, 1990 
The Future of the Temenos and its Boundaries, 1992 
Ακρόπολης γης (Acropolis Gis), 1992

16 pages of colour and black & white images
including film stills, production photos and archive materials


Appendix I: Filmography of Gregory J. Markopoulos

Appendix II: Publications supervised by Gregory J. Markopoulos

Alphabetical Index of Titles


220 x 141 x 35 mm
560 pages, including 16pp of colour images

Square-backed case, debossed front cover
Ribbon marker, head and tail bands
Individually shrinkwrapped

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Gregory J.Markopoulos, Mark Webber (ed.), P.Adams Sitney


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Monday, September 1, 2014