David Ehrenstein Film: The Front Line 1984

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Film: The Front Line 1984

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With this volume, David Ehrenstein begins the Front Line dialogue by moving from Jonathan Rosenbaum's narrative concerns (in Film: The Front 1983) and by re-examining the generally accepted history of the avant-garde. To do this he recontextualizes the contributions of such filmmakers as Werner Schroeter, the source and inspiration of the New German Cinema; Luc Moullet, perhaps the boldest filmmaker of the French New Wave; Jack Smith, the ostracized father of the American Underground; Orson Welles, whose work has previously been measured only by Hollywood's standards; and other elusive film artists including Ken Jacobs, Philippe Garrel, Raul Ruiz, Lizzie Borden, Owen Land, Sally Potter, Bruce Conner, Curt McDowell, and the late David Brooks.

In addition, Ehrenstein introduces experimental documentaries. In this section, Ehrenstein treats in depth Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines's banned Seventeen and Laurence Jarvik's Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?

The Film: The Front Line volumes provide an opportunity for readers to broaden their film experience. They provide portraits of film artists and a critical dialogue and form an essential information source for anyone wanting to understand the nature of cinema.

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Some words from reviewers of Film : The Front Line:

"Those unfamiliar with this area of cinema could not ask for a better introduction to the themes, perplexities and history of the contemporary independent cinema...an exceptional text for the times." (Undercut, 1984)

"A laudable step toward re-establishing a critical dialogue on the avant-garde cinema." (Film Quarterly, 1984)

"I have optimistically cleared off some space on my shelf for the volumes to come." (On Film, 1984)

The Front Line series is an ongoing portrait of those artists who shape the history of film--personal filmmakers like Jack Smith, Philippe Garrel, and Warren Sonbert, whose vision and techniques have influenced the work of more widely recognized filmmakers worldwide. To study the nouvelle vague without Luc Moullet is to overlook a major figure. To approach the "new German Cinema" without knowing the work of Werner Schroeter is to ignore the source and inspiration of a movement. And the "plotless narratives" of David Brooks offer a deep background for the structures of the American independent cinema.

In Film : The Front Line 1984, David Ehrenstein recontextualizes the contributions of these and other artists on the cutting edge--Ken Jacobs, Owen Land, and Raul Ruiz among them--as he examines the generally accepted history of the avant-garde. With this and every volume of the Front Line series, students, teachers, exhibitors, anyone who wants to understand the nature of film, will have an opportunity to broaden their experience of the most dynamic of arts.

About the Author:

David Ehrenstein is a contributor to Film Culture, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Cahiers Du Cinema, and The Village Voice. He is also co-author with Bill Reed of Rock on Film.

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