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An Introduction to the American Underground Film by Sheldon Renan (1941-    ) - Paperback - First - 1967 - from The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB (SKU: BOOKS008386)

An Introduction to the American Underground Film

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An Introduction to the American Underground Film

by Sheldon Renan (1941- )

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318 pages with plates, illustrations, bibliography and index. Duodecimo (7 1/4" x 4 1/4") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. First edition. This is a fairly exhaustive book and while calling itself an "introduction," it reads more like an encyclopedia of the movement at the time. It's broken down into basic sections beginning with setting a definition of sorts of what "underground film" actually means. Renan acknowledges that "underground" encompases a wide variety of film styles. Renan gives a very detailed history of the underground film and while, via the book's title, he's mostly interested in American filmmaking, there's a lot of background on the European avant garde, particularly in France, Germany and Russia in the '20s and '30s. He also divides the avant garde tradition in America into three "ages." The first one begins a few years prior to the Depression and only holds a couple of experimental filmmakers like Robert Flaherty, Paul Fejos, Ralph Steiner and a few others. After the Depression, and coinciding with the easy availability of sixteen-milimeter film equipment, the avant garde explodes with the pioneers still revered today. Condition: Extensive underlining else a very good copy.


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An Introduction to the American Underground Film
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