From: William Wees, Dr. (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 19 2008 - 15:36:17 PST
"Avant-Garde Film," a new collection of 21 essays on avant-garde film edited by Alexander Graf and Dietrich Scheunemann appeared late last year. The publisher is Rodopi in Amsterdam. The essays originated as presentations at two conferences on avant-garde film held at the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and 2006. They are grouped under the headings "Abstraction, Surrealism, Futurism: The Cinema of the Historical Avant-Garde," "Post-War American and European Experiments," and "New Technologies and Media Convergence: The Contemporary Avant-garde Film." There are British, European, American and Canadian contributors (one of whom is me), and there's a wide variety of subjects and approaches among the contributions--too much variety and too many contributors to list here.
The book is very well produced, a little over 400 coated pages and a fair number of stills and other images. The price (gulp!) is $122 for a hard cover version--there doesn't appear to be a paperback version. Those of you at universities and the like should be able to get your institution's library to order a copy. And it may turn up on Amazon for less--let's hope.
William C. Wees, Editor
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