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To Free the Cinema : Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground - David E. James

To Free the Cinema

Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground

By: David E. James (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th May 1992
ISBN: 9780691023458
Number Of Pages: 344

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Jonas Mekas, one of the driving forces behind New York's alternative film culture from the 1950s through the 1980s, made for an unlikely counterculture hero: a Lithuanian emigr and fervent nationalist from an agrarian family, he had not grown up with either capitalist commercialism or the postwar rebellion against it. By focusing on his sensitivity to political struggle, however, leading film commentators here offer fascinating insights into Mekas's career as a writer, filmdistributor, and film-maker, while exploring the history of independent cinema in New York since World War II. This collection of essays, interviews, and photographs addresses such topics as Mekas's column in the Village Voice, his foundation and editorship of Film Culture, his role in the establishment of Anthology Film Archives and The Film-Makers Co-op (the major distribution center for independent film), his interaction with other artists, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and finally the critical assessment of his own films, from Guns of the Trees and The Brig in the sixties to the diary films that followed Walden. The contributors to this volume are Paul Arthur, Vyt Bakaitis, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Rudy Burckhardt, David Curtis, Richard Foreman, Tom Gunning, Bob Harris, J. Hoberman, David E. James, Marjorie Keller, Peter Kubelka, George Kuchar, Richard Leacock, Barbara Moore, Peter Moore, Scott Nygren, John Pruitt, Lauren Rabinovitz, Michael Renov, Jeffrey K. Ruoff, and Maureen Turim.

Introductionp. 3
Routines of Emancipation: Alternative Cinema in the Ideology and Politics of the Sixtiesp. 17
The Old Daysp. 49
Jonas Mekas: A European Critic in Americap. 51
"Loved Him, Hated It": An Interview with Andrew Sarrisp. 62
The Apron Strings of Jonas Mekasp. 83
How I Think I Made Some of My Filmsp. 97
The Forest and The Treesp. 100
Notes on Displacement: The Poems and Diary Films of Jonas Mekasp. 121
During the Second Half of the Sixtiesp. 138
Film Diary/Diary Film: Practice and Product in Waldenp. 145
A Portfolio of Photographsp. 180
Reminiscences, Subjectivities, and Truthsp. 193
My Contacts with Jonas Mekasp. 213
Lost, Lost, Lost: Mekas as Essayistp. 215
Dear Friendsp. 240
Film Writing and the Figure of Death: He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Lifep. 241
A Tale of Two Co-opsp. 255
Jonas Mekasp. 266
Wearing the Critic's Hat: History, Critical Discourses, and the American Avant-Garde Cinemap. 268
Who Is Afraid of Jonas Mekas?p. 284
Video at Anthologyp. 286
I Feel Passionate about the Film Journals of Jonas Mekasp. 293
Home Movies of the Avant-Garde: Jonas Mekas and the New York Art Worldp. 294
Appendicesp. 313
A Autobiographical Notesp. 315
B Filmographyp. 321
C Showcases I Ran in the Sixtiesp. 323
B Books Publishedp. 325
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780691023458
ISBN-10: 069102345X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 5th May 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.14 x 15.44  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5