Film as Subversive Art
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A classic returns. The original edition of Amos Vogel's seminal book, Film as a Subversive Art was first published in 1974, and has been out of print since 1987. According to Vogel--founder of Cinema 16, North America's legendary film society--the book details the "accelerating worldwide trend toward a more liberated cinema, in which subjects and forms hitherto considered unthinkable or forbidden are boldly explored." So ahead of his time was Vogel that the ideas that he penned some 30 years ago are still relevant today, and readily accessible in this classic volume. Accompanied by over 300 rare film stills, Film as a Subversive Art analyzes how aesthetic, sexual, and ideological subversives use one of the most powerful art forms of our day to exchange or manipulate our conscious and unconscious, demystify visual taboos, destroy dated cinematic forms, and undermine existing value systems and institutions. This subversion of form, as well as of content, is placed within the context of the contemporary world view of science, philosophy, and modern art, and is illuminated by a detailed examination of over 500 films, including many banned, rarely seen, or never released works.
penises that fall out amidst gales of laughter, chirping birds, ejaculations into a girl's mouth on-camera. The protagonists are "doing their thing" without hesitation. Significantly, the two constants are the telephone (dangerous tool of a technological age) that here spins a web of corruption; and fellation, with which every sex act in the film begins. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ SECRETS OF LIFE (Victor Faccinto, USA, 1971)
listening to two smiling sexologists outline a carefully graduated program to correct the man's premature ejaculation; the wife is to masturbate him three times a night until immediately prior to ejaculation and then to stop; only the fourth time should she bring him to climax. Moans and groans are encouraged. Erection and penetration are freely discussed and an air of smiling gentility and earnest rationalism never 16 of 18 5/19/2007 12:31 PM THE END OF SEXUAL TABOOS: EROTIC AND
the story of two upper-class nymphets awakening sexually in the oppressive atmosphere of a parochial French school who decide "to do evil, just as the others, the imbeciles, do good." They pass from denouncing lesbian nuns to torturing animals to casual murder. Finally, onstage to recite poetry during a school ceremony, they douse themselves with gasoline and go up in flames. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ CYBELE (Donald
stop-motion animation irreverently combine what is never combined in good society. Here the inherent anarchism of cinema (so beloved by the surrealists) finds its true and perhaps ultimate expression. An attack on a technology gone wild, a cynicism regarding human motives, a tearing off of all veils, a total permissiveness that allows revenge against power and cant, characterize this procession of masterpieces, one of America's significant contributions to the international subversive cinema.
at 2000 frames per second (instead of the usual 24), the simple act of exhaling smoke, expanded by nearly 100 times our normal perception, becomes a huge and endless event. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 10 of 11 5/19/2007 12:19 PM THE DESTRUCTION OF TIME AND SPACE http://web.archive.org/web/20050213033705/www.subcin.com/timespac... THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (Jack Arnold, USA, 1957) The eye, drawn to what seems a