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Shadows, Specters, Shards : Making History in Avant-Garde Film - Jeffrey Skoller

Shadows, Specters, Shards

Making History in Avant-Garde Film


Published: 14th August 2005
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Avant-garde films are often dismissed as obscure or disconnected from the realities of social and political history. Jeffrey Skoller challenges this myth, arguing that avant-garde films more accurately display the complex interplay between past events and our experience of the present than conventional documentaries and historical films. Shadows, Specters, Shards examines a group of experimental films, including work by Eleanor Antin, Ernie Gehr, and Jean-Luc Godard, that take up historical events such as the Holocaust, Latin American independence struggles, and urban politics. Identifying a cinema of evocation rather than representation, these films call attention to the unrepresentable aspects of history that profoundly impact the experience of everyday life. Making use of the critical theories of Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze, among others, Skoller analyzes various narrative strategies - allegory, sideshadowing, testimony, and multiple temporalities - that uncover competing perspectives and gaps in historical knowledge often ignored in conventional film. In his discussion of avant-garde film of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Skoller reveals how a nuanced understanding of the past is inextricably linked to the artistry of image making and storytelling.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Shards: Allegory as Historical Procedurep. 1
Eureka, Ernie Gehr
Dal polo all'equatore, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies under America, Craig Baldwin
Shadows: Historical Temporalities 1p. 39
The Man without a World, Eleanor Antin
Urban Peasants, Ken Jacobs
Cooperation of Parts, Daniel Eisenberg
Virtualities: Historical Temporalities 2p. 69
Allemagne annee 90 neuf zero, Jean-Luc Godard
Persistence, Daniel Eisenberg
B/Side, Abigail Child
Utopia, James Benning
Specters: The Limits of Representing Historyp. 109
Signal-Germany on the Air, Ernie Gehr
Killer of Sheep, Charles Burnett
The March, Abraham Ravett
Un vivant qui passe, Claude Lanzmann
Obsessive Returns: Filmmaking as Mourning Workp. 149
El dia que me quieras, Leandro Katz
Chile, la memoria obstinada, Patricio Guzman
Coda: Notes on History and the Postcinema Conditionp. 167
Rock Hudson's Home Movies, Mark Rappaport
Dichotomy, Tony Sinden
Beyond, Zoe Beloff
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 205
Filmography and Distributorsp. 215
Permissionsp. 219
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ISBN: 9780816642328
ISBN-10: 081664232X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 14th August 2005
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5