Slow Writing is a collection of articles by Thom Andersen that reflect on the avant-garde, Hollywood feature films, and contemporary cinema. His critiques of artists and filmmakers as diverse as Yasujirō Ozu, Nicholas Ray, Andy Warhol, and Christian Marclay locate their work within the broader spheres of popular culture, politics, history, architecture, and the urban landscape. The city of Los Angeles and its relationship to film is a recurrent theme. These writings, which span a period of five decades, demonstrate Andersen’s social consciousness, humour and his genuine appreciation of cinema in its many forms.
Thom Andersen’s films include the celebrated documentary essays Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975), Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003), and The Thoughts That Once We Had (2015). Together with Noël Burch, he produced primary studies of the Hollywood Blacklist in the form of the book Les communistes de Hollywood: Autre chose que des martyrs (1994) and film Red Hollywood (1996).
Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema contains thirty-four essays, an annotated filmography, a detailed bibliography and a new introduction by the filmmaker.
“There are few writers and few filmmakers who make me rethink what cinema is more than Thom Andersen. Sometimes this is a matter of introducing fresh perspectives, such as making cinema and architecture more mutually interactive. It’s always a political matter of figuring out just who and where we are, and why.” ----- Jonathan Rosenbaum
“In his disarmingly plainspoken introduction, Thom Andersen more or less apologizes for not becoming a film critic, and for not delivering a manifesto. Slow Writing show us just how terrific a critic he hasn’t (mostly) bothered to be. This book belongs on a very small and special shelf of the most incisive and ungrandiose books by artists.” ----- Jonathan Lethem
209 x 146 x 27 mm
304 pages, including 16pp of b/w & colour images
Square-backed case, debossed cover and spine
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