Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Film Making

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Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Filmmaking documents this rich history, showing what it meant to be "independent" in the 1930s and what it means today. Author Greg Merritt distinguishes between indie and semi-indie productions, explores the genres represented under the independent umbrella, and addresses the question of what makes a movie independent -- its "spirit" or the budget backing the production. From one-reel flicks at the turn of the century to the blockbusters of the 90s, Celluloid Mavericks takes readers on a fascinating tour of the industry.

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Greg Merritt is a screenwriter and also wrote How to Produce an Independent Film. He lives in Culver City, CA.

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How refreshing to be reminded that independent film didn't begin with Quentin Tarantino and the Sundance Institute: Merritt (How to Produce an Independent Film, not reviewed) takes us back considerably further. Although Tarantino and his infernal offspring seem to think they invented cutting-edge cinema, there have been independent filmmakers in the US almost since there have been filmmakers. As Merritt's leisurely pop history shows readers, even D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation is really an indie film, produced outside the prevailing studio framework, primitive as it was in 1915. Tracing the development of movie outsiders chronologically, Merritt discerns certain common threads that run from the beginning of the silent era right up to the present. And an odd assortment of threads they are: ethnic and ``race'' films, films by women, exploitation and horror films, documentaries, avant-garde experimental works. In short, the independent umbrella covers almost anyone who couldn't or wouldn't make it in the factory-like conditions of Hollywood. As a reminder of nearly forgotten veterans like William Foster (an early black filmmaker) and Poverty Row stalwarts like Hugo Haas, Merritt is a nice corrective. But the sheer disparity among these many different kinds of films and filmmakers makes for an uneasy narrative, and Merritt doesn't help matters by making some seemingly logical but finally arbitrary divisions in time; how helpful to readers can it be to have the career of life-long indie cineastes like John Cassavettes and John Sayles strung together over two and three chapters? Merritt is capable of some wonderfully wry humor, and his critical judgments are thoughtful, but the writing and editing of the book are careless, and it too often turns into a catalog of plot synopses. An adequate introduction for someone who knows no film history, but there are more rigorous works covering the same material. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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