The Anarchist Cinema

James Newton

The Anarchist Cinema

James Newton

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180 pages | 12 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9781789380033 Published June 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
This book examines the complex relationships that exist between anarchist theory and film. No longer hidden in obscure corners of cinematic culture, anarchy is a theme that has traversed arthouse, underground, and popular film. In The Anarchist Cinema, James Newton explores the notion that cinema is an inherently subversive space, establishes criteria for deeming a film anarchic, and examines the place of underground and DIY filmmaking within the wider context of the category. The author identifies subversive undercurrents in cinema and uses anarchist political theory as an interpretive framework to analyze filmmakers, genres, and the notion of cinema as an anarchic space.
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Leonardo
"Confidently employing the definite article in the book title, the survey begins with the notion of the unruly, leading quickly to a succinct summary of anarchistic attitudes and tendencies as applied to the traditional objectives of subverting morals, good order and the institutions of state and church. The real discussion shifts between the three structural elements of the film industry – production, distribution/exhibition, and audience, examining the selected films that in whole or in part exhibit anarchist tendencies or traits admired by anarchists; cultish cinema of the 1930s and 50s predominates."
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