A Critical Cinema 3: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers

A Critical Cinema 3: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers

by Scott MacDonald

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A Critical Cinema 3 continues Scott MacDonald's compilation of personal interviews and public discussions with major contributors to independent filmmaking and film awareness. An informative exchange with Amos Vogel, whose Cinema 16 Society drew American filmgoers into a broader sense of film history, is followed by interviews reflecting a wide range of approaches to filmmaking. Sally Potter discusses her popular feature, Orlando, in relation to the experimental work that preceded it, and Canadian independent John Porter argues compellingly for small-gauge, Super-8mm filmmaking. Ken Jacobs discusses the "Nervous System" apparatus with which he transforms old film footage into new forms of motion picture art; Jordan Belson describes his Vortex Concerts, ancestors of modern laser light shows; and Elias Merhige talks about going beneath the "rational structure of meaning" in Begotten.

A Critical Cinema 3 presents independent cinema as an international and multiethnic phenomenon. MacDonald interviews filmmakers from Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Armenia, India, the Philippines, and Japan and examines the work of African Americans, European Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanics. He provides an introductory overview of each interviewee, as well as detailed film/videographies and selected bibliographies. With its predecessors, A Critical Cinema (California, 1988) and A Critical Cinema 2 (California, 1992), this is the most extensive, in-depth exploration of independent cinema available in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520209435
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/30/1998
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Scott MacDonald is Professor of Film Studies and American Literature at Utica College.

Table of Contents

Amos Vogel 
William Greaves 
Jordan Belson
(and collaborator Stephen Beck) 
Arthur Peleshian 
Charles Burnett 
Hara Kazuo 
At the Flaherty 
Peter Watkins 
Ken Jacobs 
Nick Deocampo 
Mani Kaul
Craig Baldwin 
Gunvor Nelson
Christine Choy
(and collaborators Allan Siegel, Worth Long, and Renee Tajima) 
Rose Lowder 
Peter Hutton 
Valie Export
(on Invisible Adversaries) 
Patrick Bokanowski (on The Angel) 
Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
(on From the Pole to the Equator) 
Elias Merhige (on Begotten)
Aline Mare (on S'Aline's Solution) 
Cauleen Smith
(on Chronicles of a Lying Spirit
(by Kelly Gabron)) 
John Porter 
Raphael Montanez Ortiz 
Martin Arnold 
Ken and Flo Jacobs 
Sally Potter 

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