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A classic returns! The original edition of Amos Vogel's seminal book, "Film as a Subversive Art" was first published in 1974, and has been out of print since 1987. According to Vogel--founder of Cinema 16, North America's legendary film society--the book details the "accelerating worldwide trend toward a more liberated cinema, in which subjects and forms hitherto considereA classic returns! The original edition of Amos Vogel's seminal book, "Film as a Subversive Art" was first published in 1974, and has been out of print since 1987. According to Vogel--founder of Cinema 16, North America's legendary film society--the book details the "accelerating worldwide trend toward a more liberated cinema, in which subjects and forms hitherto considered unthinkable or forbidden are boldly explored." So ahead of his time was Vogel that the ideas that he penned some 30 years ago are still relevant today, and readily accessible in this classic volume. Accompanied by over 300 rare film stills, "Film as a Subversive Art" analyzes how aesthetic, sexual and ideological subversives use one of the most powerful art forms of our day to exchange or manipulate our conscious and unconscious, demystify visual taboos, destroy dated cinematic forms, and undermine existing value systems and institutions. This subversion of form, as well as of content, is placed within the context of the contemporary world view of science, philosophy, and modern art, and is illuminated by a detailed examination of over 500 films, including many banned, rarely seen, or never released works....

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ISBN : 7832334
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Film as a Subversive Art Reviews

  • Mala
    2019-04-15 00:51

    Review pending. I'm looking at more than 40 pages of notes & wondering where/how I'm gonna fit that into the review space!But do read the book ( & more importantly watch the movies) — it's very well-researched & engagingly written. As far as I'm concerned, this book could go on forever!It's really crying for a sequel. Perhaps Mr. Žižek would oblige!

  • James Blake
    2019-04-05 00:00

    There's a lot of thought-provoking arguments and analysis Vogel makes when examining a lot of films that exist on the fringe of cinema, both heavily artistic and exploitative. He harps on the merits of well-established art films, bringing a new perspective of how they challenge cinema and the audience's ideas, but mostly focues on a lot of elusive and under-seen films. There are certainly many gems to be found, but probably as many duds as Vogel's conception of subversion and philosophy of cinema as a political tool becomes more important than the merits of the films themselves at some point.I think he falls into the trap of thinking breaking taboos for the sake of breaking taboos is justifiable, and that which can be filmed and represented should manifest itself. This sort of radical, all-encompassing view of cinema is a cinema without ethics, or at least a cinema where the only ethic is to strip and expose everything for its own sake. Vogel dreams of a cinema without boundaries or taboos, ignoring most great art arises because of those limitations imposed by society, censorship and a sense of personal decency. Hence Vogel ultimately deludes and muddles subversion with shock value.

  • Distress Strauss
    2019-04-10 03:00

    The world's greatest Netflix list.

  • Erik F.
    2019-04-02 23:50

    I skimmed through this several years ago, writing down many names and titles; at that point in my life it was very eye-opening, as I was just beginning to expand my cinematic horizons into the sometimes twisted/sometimes ridiculous/sometimes transcendent realm of experimental/avant-garde/non-narrative filmmaking (if you think that Kenneth Anger's and Stan Brakhage's work is the extent of it, then you really need to read this!). In this Internet-driven era, with no shortage of movie-related sites and online video streaming, it probably won't be too difficult to find and watch even the most obscure films discussed in this book. Though it was first published more than a quarter of a century ago, meaning new directors and developments since then are not covered (obviously), it's still a seminal and intriguing work in this area of film studies.

  • Stacy Pershall
    2019-04-15 07:55

    I adore this book! I first bought it out of the $1 bin at the bookstore where I worked in grad school, then later paid way more than that for a replacement copy, as it was out of print. I'm so thrilled to see that it's back in print! I learned about my favorite film, Allan King's "Warrendale," because of this book. It's one of my major life goals to someday see every movie Vogel included. An absolute must for anyone who likes cinema to challenge you and make you think. I'd give it more stars if I could!

  • Nasser Salah
    2019-04-18 07:57

    well. kind of wasted my time. it's not whatbi expected to it be

    2019-03-26 03:58

    Just the title of this was enuf to make me want to read it for a long time - but it took me a long time to get around to it. Any bk w/ this as a basic premise is likely to appeal to me. The cover image is from Makavajev's "WR". This is mostly capsule reviews so it's not as in-depth as it cd be but WHAT A SELECTION! These are probably the movies nearest & dearest to me.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-31 05:58

    excellent reference book to have!

  • Joshua
    2019-04-19 06:01

    a classic - i paid $200 for this book back in the day. i do not regret it, but much, much cheaper copies are now available. ah well. it's still special to *me*

  • Max Hechter
    2019-04-16 01:15

    Easily one of the most indispensable film reference guides in existence. I probably have learned more about underground film from perusing this book than any other guide.

  • Samuel Rooke
    2019-04-08 02:59

    A fantastic resource, one I’ll enjoy returning to many times. As is, I’ve learned a lot from the lines of thinking Vogel proposes, and the connections he draws between various cinematic concepts and works, but lack familiarity with a lot of the specifics works themselves…I look forward to a reread where I try and track and watch along with a lot of the films used as examples.But just on a conceptual level, there’s so much fascinating material here. The watching of film as an inherently subversive activity because it draws conflict between the rational mind recognising the film is artificial, an illusion, and the irrational urge to believe in the artificial reality the film presents? The cinema, the physical space itself, as a womb-like enclosure, dark and loud and all-encompassing, enticing viewers into a sort of shared dream state? Documentary being as fictional as regular fictional films, because it constructs the same sort of unreality through cinematic elements like editing and the mere presentation of film itself? These are all such fascinating ideas that really reframed a lot of how I thought about film. I hadn’t quite ever paid so much mind to the sheer amount of intoxicating control film has over viewer’s minds…in our own lifes, we constantly adjust our temporalities, but in the cinema, the editor is king, the director is god, everything is preordained and constructed in service to a certain experience, a certain story filmmakers are trying to tell. That sort of voluntarily submission feels all the more magical in an era so dominated by televisions, smartphones, countless ways to experience media at whatever pace and environment a viewer decides. There’s a magic to submitting to a filmmaker and the traditional cinema viewing format.It’s a reference guide I’m sure to get more out of on further reads, but I’ve really appreciated what I’ve already learned. Four “perversions of objective film age” and a cinematic reverie.

  • Andrew Bishop
    2019-03-31 02:12

    While tracking down some of these movies will be a quest on its own - remember, interlibrary loan is your friend - the experience of the book itself will be enough to keep you going. Vogel's introductions and captions are excellent as is the intriguing choice of film stills. Thanks to the British film label Second Run there were a good number of the Czech New Wave movies that I was able to watch finally. While it's sadly out of print - again, hit up the local library for an interlibrary loan request - Vogel's work and the availability of these movies elsewhere is quite the gift. A valuable companion volume would be Hoberman and Rosenbaum's Midnight Movies. Rest in peace, Vogel and yes you too VHS.

  • لؤى طارق
    2019-04-07 05:13

    من أفضل الكتب الي قريتها عن السينما، بيتناول السينما من منظور إنها فن تدميري هادِم لكل الكليشيهات و التابوهات الي البشرية اتعودتْ على وجودها حتى القرن ال20 إلي بدأت فيه ولادة السينما و تشكُلها كأهم فن معاصر.أنصح بيه لكل مُحِب للفن الأهم في العصر الحديث ألا و هو السينما :'D

  • Michael
    2019-03-25 08:10

    essential reading for film

  • Keefe
    2019-04-21 07:48

    tracking film progress here

  • Mostafa Shalash
    2019-04-14 23:54

    بالعودة الى فوغل ونظريته نحو الافلام الاباحية وكيفية مهاجمتها كأول مراحل عدم فهمها - والاهم الاشارة الى نقطة ان للمقدس وللمندس نفس القدرة على التدمير

  • Allison C. McCulloch
    2019-03-22 00:57

    This book is awesome. I didn't get to finish it, because I haven't gotten that book yet. However, a film called Disorder (Desordre) looks like it will be well worth watching.

  • Sal
    2019-04-17 02:11

    I consider this one essential for any serious film book shelf. I could spend the rest of my life searching out these films based on Vogel's descriptions alone.

  • Wilson
    2019-04-03 04:51

    It's a bit dated.But I loved the film stills & descriptions of random Russian socialist films.

  • Brick Top
    2019-03-29 00:02

    This is an invaluable reference book. The copy I read was from the library. I would love to have my own copy to refer to it when needed.

  • Lewis Manalo
    2019-04-14 02:11

    A classic book on film and those films that lie outside of the mainstream. I first read this in college. The new edition doesn't add much, and it doesn't need to.

  • Liz
    2019-03-21 04:00

    a great favorite...

  • Mark Crouch
    2019-04-13 23:56