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Film and the Anarchist Imagination - Richard Porton

Film and the Anarchist Imagination

Paperback Published: 17th August 1999
ISBN: 9781859842614
Number Of Pages: 322

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Bearded bomb-throwers, self-indulgent nihilists, dangerous subversives—these characteristic clichés of anarchists in the popular imagination are often reproduced in the cinema. In Film and the Anarchist Imagination, the first comprehensive survey of anarchism in film, Richard Porton deconstructs such stereotypes while offering an authoritative account of films featuring anarchist characters and motifs.

From the early cinema of Griffith and René Clair, to the work of Godard, Lina Wertmüller, Lizzie Borden and Ken Loach, Porton analyzes portrayals of anarchism in film, presenting commentaries and critiques of such classics as Zéro de Conduite, Tout Va Bien, and Love and Anarchy. In addition, he provides an excellent guide to the complex traditions of anarchist thought, from Bakunin and Kropotkin to Emma Goldman and Murray Bookchin, disclosing a rich historical legacy that encompasses the Paris Commune, the Haymarket martyrs, the anarcho-syndicalists of the Spanish Civil War, as well as more familiar contemporary avatars like the Situationists and the enragés of May 1968.

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"Richard Porton's erudite and eloquent history of anarchist cinema breaks new ground in both film and cultural studies; there is nothing comparable to it in English." -- David E. James

Introductionp. 1
Anarchism and Cinema: Representation and Self-Representationp. 10
Cinema, Anarchism, and Revolution: Heroes, Martyrs, and Utopian Momentsp. 56
Anarcho-Syndicalism versus the 'Revolt Against Work'p. 116
Film and Anarchist Pedagogyp. 173
The Elusive Anarchist Aestheticp. 231
Notesp. 254
Indexp. 302
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ISBN: 9781859842614
ISBN-10: 1859842615
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 17th August 1999
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 19.68  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1