The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and Charles Olson

The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and Charles Olson

by R. Bruce Elder
     
 

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Since the late 1950s Stan Brakhage has been in the forefront of independent filmmaking. His body of work — some seventy hours — is one of the largest of any filmmaker in the history of cinema, and one of the most diverse. Probably the most widely quoted experimental filmmaker in history, his films typify the independent cinema.

Until now, despite well

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Overview

Since the late 1950s Stan Brakhage has been in the forefront of independent filmmaking. His body of work — some seventy hours — is one of the largest of any filmmaker in the history of cinema, and one of the most diverse. Probably the most widely quoted experimental filmmaker in history, his films typify the independent cinema.

Until now, despite well-deserved acclaim, there has been no comprehensive study of Brakhage’s oeuvre. The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition fills this void. R. Bruce Elder delineates the aesthetic parallels between Brakhage’s films and a broad spectrum of American art from the 1920s through the 1960s.

This book is certain to stir the passions of those interested in artistic critique and interpretation in its broadest terms.

Editorial Reviews

P. Adams Sitney
“Elder evidences a brilliant command of Brakhage’s immense filmography and a lifetime’s engagement with the poets he discusses....In every reading there are traces of the lessons Brakhage’s cinema can offer to open-minded an open-eyed artists. In fact, The films of Stan Brakhage is less an academic study than the enthusiastic and fully committed response of one filmmaker to another and to the modernist tradition they both share.”
Booknews
A study of the work of an independent, experimental filmmaker, delineating the aesthetic parallels between Brakhage's films and a broad spectrum of American art from the 1920s through the 1960s. Demonstrates the symmetry between Brakhage's films and the writings of William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Allen Ginsberg, and Michael McClure, and concentrates especially on his relation to the work of Charles Olson and Alfred North Whitehead. Includes a detailed, 20-page glossary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554582013
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
583
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Filmmaker, author and critic, R. Bruce Elder inspires and enjoys debate. His films have been exhibited internationally and his polemical piece, “The Cinema We Need”, remains one of the most discussed pieces of writing on Canadian film. Elder has also produced a forty-two-hour film cycle entitled The Book of All the Dead. In 2007, R. Bruce Elder received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

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