Cinema 16: Documents toward a History of the Film Society

Cinema 16: Documents toward a History of the Film Society

by Scott MacDonald, Amos Vogel
     
 

As the most successful and influential film society in American history, Cinema 16 was a crucial organization for the creation of a public space for the full range of cinema achievement in the years following World War II. A precursor of the New York Film Festival, Cinema 16 screenings became a gathering place for New Yorkers interested not only in cinema, but in… See more details below

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As the most successful and influential film society in American history, Cinema 16 was a crucial organization for the creation of a public space for the full range of cinema achievement in the years following World War II. A precursor of the New York Film Festival, Cinema 16 screenings became a gathering place for New Yorkers interested not only in cinema, but in the use of media in the development of a more complete, effective democracy. For seventeen years, many of the leading intellectuals and artists of the time came together as part of a membership society of thousands to experience the creative programming of Cinema 16 director, Amos Vogel. What audiences saw at Cinema 16 changed their lives and had an enduring impact not only on the New York City cultural scene, but nationwide. Vogel's distribution of landmark documentary and avant-garde films helped make a place for many films that could never have had commercial release, given the pressures of commercialism and censorship during the postwar era.

Vogel's commitment to the broadest range of cinema practice led him to develop a programming strategy, inherited from the European cine-club movement, that involved confronting audiences with such a wide range of cinematic forms that viewers left the theater considering not only the often remarkable films Vogel showed, but the place of Cinema itself in modern life.

Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society is the first book on Cinema 16. Scott MacDonald provides a sense of the life and work of the society, using the complete Cinema 16 program announcements, selected letters between Vogel and the filmmakers whose films he showed; selections from the program notes that accompanied Cinema 16 screenings, theoretical essays by Vogel on curating independent cinema; conversations between MacDonald and Cinema 16 members; photographs and stills; and a variety of other documents.

Author Biography: Scott MacDonald is Professor of Emeritus of English and Film at Utica College of Syracuse University. He is the author of seven previous books, including the acclaimed, multi-volume A Critical Cinema.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399234
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Wide Angle Books Series
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
7.22(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
An Interview with Amos Vogel37
An Interview with Marcia Vogel63
An Interview with Jack Goelman71
The Documents
Letter to Frank Stauffacher from Amos Vogel (Vogelbaum), 9/1/4777
Letter to Amos Vogel (Vogelbaum) from Frank Stauffacher, 9/20/4779
Conversation with Cecile Starr, 12/19/0081
Letter to Frank Stauffacher from Amos Vogel, 10/2/4784
Letter to Frank Stauffacher from Amos Vogel, 10/16/4785
Program Notes by Amos Vogel for Cinema 16's First Program, November 194786
Archer Winsten, "Cinema 16's Project Starts Auspiciously," New York Post, November 6, 194789
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 11/20/4790
Letter to Sidney Peterson from Amos Vogel, 11/28/4791
Archer Winsten, "Cinema 16's Fast Start Continues for 2nd Bill," New York Post, 12/4/4792
Letter to Amos Vogel from Gregory Markopoulos, 12/6/4793
Letter to Amos Vogel from Sidney Peterson, 12/12/4795
Letter to Robert Flaherty from Amos Vogel, 12/17/4797
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 12/17/4798
Letter to Amos Vogel from Joseph Cornell, 1/19/4899
Letter to Robert Flaherty from John Grierson, 1/27/48100
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 2/13/48102
Program Announcement: Spring 1948102
Letter to Amos Vogel from Joseph Cornell, 6/22/48104
Letter to Amos Vogel from Sidney Peterson, 6/25/48105
James Agee, Review in The Nation, 7/3/48107
Letter to Amos Vogel from Gregory Markopoulos, 7/8/48108
Letter to Robert Flaherty from Amos Vogel, 11/8/48110
Program Announcement, Fall 1948111
Program Announcement, Spring 1949112
Program Notes by James Broughton for Mother's Day, Shown on March 9, 1948115
Letter to Amos Vogel from Jordan Belson, 3/18/49116
Letter to Amos Vogel from James Broughton, 3/25/49118
Letter to Amos Vogel from Joseph Cornell, 4/9/49119
Letter to James Broughton from Amos Vogel, 4/12/49120
Letter to Amos Vogel from Frank Stauffacher, Circa 4/49122
Letter to Amos Vogel from Sidney Peterson, 5/23/49124
Letter to Amos Vogel from Gregory Markopoulos, 5/31/49125
Letter to Gregory Markopoulos from Amos Vogel, 6/8/49126
Letter to Amos Vogel from Frank Stauffacher, 7/15/49127
Mr. Harper, "The Only Path," Harper's, 7/49128
Amos Vogel, "Film Do's and Don'ts," Saturday Review, 8/20/49130
Program Announcement, Fall 1949133
Archer Winsten, "Cinema 16 Begins Its Third Season," New York Post, 9/14/49135
Letter to Amos Vogel from Frank Stauffacher, 10/17/49137
Letter to Frank Stauffacher from Amos Vogel, 11/15/49138
Letter to Gregory Markopoulos from Amos Vogel, 12/15/49140
Program Announcement, Spring 1950141
Program Notes by Arthur Knight for Arne Sucksdorff's Valley of Dreams and A Divided World, Shown in March 1950143
Program Notes by Parker Tyler for Sidney Peterson's The Lead Shoes, Shown in May 1950145
Letter to Amos Vogel from Parker Tyler, 5/11/50147
Letter to Amos Vogel from Joseph Cornell, 6/3/50148
Letter to Amos Vogel from Gregory Markopoulos, 6/13/50148
Letter to Gregory Markopoulos from Amos Vogel, 9/18/50149
Letter to Amos Vogel from Gregory Markopoulos, Circa 9/50150
Program Announcement, Fall 1950151
Letter to Amos Vogel from Sidney Peterson, 10/21/50154
Letter to Amos Vogel from Frank Stauffacher, 1/6/51156
Program Announcement, Spring 1951158
Letter to Amos Vogel from Frank Stauffacher, 5/4 and 5/29, 1951160
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 6/23/51163
Letter to Amos Vogel from Hans Richter, ?/?/51164
Program Announcement, Fall 1951165
Program Announcement, Spring 1952168
Program Notes Compiled from Various Authors for Georges Franju's The Blood of the Beasts and Kenneth Anger's Fireworks, Shown in May 1952171
Parker Tyler, "Rashomon as Modern Art," Cinema 16 Pamphlet (1952)175
Letter to Amos Vogel from Jean Renoir, 8/11/52182
Program Announcement, Fall 1952/Spring 1953183
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 12/8/52187
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 1/31/53190
Letter to Scott MacDonald from George Stoney, 3/22/01192
Program Announcement, Spring 1953193
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 4/23/53195
Program Announcement, Fall 1953/Spring 1954196
"Poetry and the Film: A Symposium" (with Maya Deren, Willard Maas, Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas, Parker Tyler), 10/28/53202
Program Notes by Amos Vogel in Response to Survey of Cinema 16 Membership, Fall 1953213
Conversation with Robert Kelly, 12/19/00218
Program Notes by Dr. Rene A. Spitz for Grief, Shown in January 1954220
Letter to Amos Vogel from Willard Maas, 1/6/54222
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 2/23/54223
Program Announcement, Spring 1954225
Letter to Cinema 16 from T. S. and Response by Amos Vogel, from May 1954 Program Notes226
Letter to Amos Vogel from Gerd Stern, 5/9/54227
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 5/19/54228
Letter to Amos Vogel from Gerd Stern, 5/24/54230
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 5/24/54231
Letter to Gerd Stern from Amos Vogel, 6/1/54232
Letter to Amos Vogel from Harry Partch, 6/3/54233
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 7/9/54234
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 8/19/54236
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 8/28/54237
Letter to Amos Vogel from Luis Bunuel, 9/17/54239
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 9/21/54240
Program Announcement, Fall 1954/Spring 1955241
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 11/26/54246
Letter to Madeline Tourtelot from Amos Vogel, 1/11/55248
Transcript of Tape Recording Made by King Vidor and Played at Cinema 16 on 2/1/55 at screening of Hallelujah249
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 2/11/55252
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 2/18/55253
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 3/1/55254
Program Announcement, Spring 1955255
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 4/27/55257
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 5/3/55258
Amos Vogel, "Cinema 16 and the Question of Programming," Film Culture, no. 3 (1955)259
Letter to Barbara Stauffacher [Solomon] from Amos Vogel, 8/22/55262
Program Announcement, Fall 1955/Spring 1956263
Letter to Amos Vogel from Samson de Brier, 9/1/55267
Letter to Samson de Brier from Amos Vogel, 9/12/55270
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 10/15/55271
Letter to Madeline Tourtelot from Amos Vogel, 11/8/55271
Letter to Amos Vogel from Madeline Tourtelot, 11/11/55272
Letter to Amos Vogel from Willard Maas, 1/9/56273
Program Announcement, Spring 1956275
Conversation with Carmen D'Avino, 2/16/85276
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 3/27/56278
Program Notes by Stan Brakhage for Reflections on Black, Shown in April 1956280
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 4/23/56282
Letter to Amos Vogel from Fred Zinnemann, 6/6/56283
Program Announcement, Fall 1956/Spring 1957287
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 2/19/57288
Program Announcement, Spring 1957290
Program Notes by Amos Vogel for Roberto Rossellini's The Flowers of St. Francis, Shown in February 1957290
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 3/25/57293
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 4/27/57294
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 5/13/57295
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 7/28/57297
Conversation with Stan Brakhage, 11/30/96298
Program Announcement, Fall 1957/Spring 1958300
Letter to Stan Brakhage from Amos Vogel, 10/11/57306
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 10/21/57307
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 10/29/57311
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 11/1/57312
Letter to Stan Brakhage from Amos Vogel, 11/4/57314
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 11/8/57316
Letter to Kenneth Anger from Amos Vogel, 11/27/57317
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 12/2/57318
Letter to Amos Vogel from Lindsay Anderson, 12/14/57320
Letter to Amos Vogel from Kenneth Anger, 1/8/58323
Letter to Lindsay Anderson from Amos Vogel, 2/3/58324
Program Notes by Gideon Bachmann for Benjamin Christensen's Witchcraft Through the Ages, Shown in February 1958327
Program Announcement, Spring 1958332
Letter to Amos Vogel from Agnes Varda, 6/30/58334
Amos Vogel, "The Angry Young Film Makers," Evergreen Review, November/December 1958336
Program Announcement, Fall 1958/Spring 1959345
Program Notes by Siegfried Kracauer for Fritz Hippler's The Eternal Jew, Shown in November 1958351
Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, 1/18/01354
Program Announcement, Spring 1959356
Archer Winsten, "Rages and Outrages," New York Post, 3/2/59357
Jonas Mekas, "Movie Journal," Village Voice, 9/16/59359
Program Announcement, Fall 1959/Spring 1960360
Conversation with Ed Emshwiller, 1/4/85367
Letter to John Cassavetes from Amos Vogel, 11/17/59369
Letter to John Cassavetes from Amos Vogel, 11/20/59372
Letter to Amos Vogel from John Cassavetes, 1/19/60373
Program Announcement, Spring 1960374
Program Announcement, Fall 1960/Spring 1961376
Program Notes Compiled by Amos Vogel for the 1960 Creative Film Awards Presentation in January 1961382
Conversation with Robert Breer, 12/19/00386
Letter to Amos Vogel from Joseph Campbell, 10/10/61388
Program Announcement, Spring 1961389
Program Announcement, Fall 1961/Spring 1962390
Dwight Macdonald, "Some Animadversions on the Art Film," Esquire, 4/62395
Amos Vogel, "Riposte from Cinema 16," Esquire, 9/62401
Conversation with P. Adams Sitney, 5/20/00403
Program Announcement, Fall 1962/Spring 1963405
Letter to Friends of Cinema 16 from Amos Vogel, 2/63411
Nat Hentoff, "Last Call for Cinema 16," Village Voice, 2/21/63413
Conversation with Jonas Mekas, 5/24/85416
Archer Winsten, "Rages and Outrages," New York Post, 3/11/63418
Final Cinema 16 Distribution Catalog Film Listings, 1963419
Letter to Amos Vogel from Stan Brakhage, 11/66427
Amos Vogel, "Thirteen Confusions," Evergreen Review, 7/67428
Amos Vogel, "The Eternal Subversion," from Film As a Subversive Art (New York: Random House, 1974)435
Amos Vogel, "Foreword" to the New German Edition of Film As a Subversive Art (Vienna: Hannibal Verlag, 1997)437
Index439

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