Isidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde
Off-Screen Cinema is the first monograph in English of the Lettrists. Offering a full portrait of the avant-garde scene of 1950s Paris, it focuses on the film works of key Lettrist figures like Gil J Wolman, Maurice Lemaître, François Dufrêne, and especially the movement's founder, Isidore Isou, a Romanian immigrant whose “discrepant editing” deliberately uncoupled image and sound. Through Cabañas's history, we see not only the full scope of the Lettrist project, but also its clear influence on Situationism, the French New Wave, the New Realists, as well as American filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage.
1 To Salivate Is Not to Speak, as Boring as Watching Dust
2 French Cinema Dies of Suffocation
3 Spasmodic Spurts of White Light on a Sphere
4 Eroticism Should Occur in the Audience
Appendix: Letters from Stan Brakhage