Off-Screen Cinema: Isidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde (Hardback)
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Off-Screen Cinema: Isidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 17/03/2015
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One of the most important avant-garde movements of postwar Paris was Lettrism, which crucially built an interest in the relationship between writing and image into projects in poetry, painting, and especially cinema. Highly influential, the Lettrists served as a bridge of sorts between the earlier works of the Dadaists and Surrealists and the later Conceptual artists. Off-Screen Cinema is the first monograph in English on 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 Lemaitre, Francois Dufrene, and especially the movement's founder, Isidore Isou, a Romanian immigrant whose "discrepant editing" deliberately uncoupled image and sound. Through Cabanas' history, we see not only the full scope of the Lettrist project, but also its clear influence on Situationism, the French New Wave, and the New Realists, as well as American filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226174457
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm


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"Cabanas demonstrates that films such as Debord's Hurlements en faveur de Sade, Wolman's L'anticoncept, and Isou's Traite de bave et d'eternite actually materialize the history of cinema: the flicker of light/dark passages recalling the opening years of filmic rictus, or passages of silence bringing us back to the period before the entrance of synchronized sound. Off-Screen Cinema is magnificently researched and argued, a pleasure to encounter."--Rosalind Krauss, author of The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths
"Fantastic. Off-Screen Cinema is an urgently necessary project, and a joy to read. It is an important book which I would gladly recommend to scholars of art and film history, performance history, and postwar French cultural studies. Destined to be widely read and discussed."--Andrew V. Uroskie, author of Between the Black Box and the White Cube
"Caba as demonstrates that films such as Debord's Hurlements en faveur de Sade, Wolman's L'anticoncept, and Isou's Trait de bave et d' ternit actually materialize the history of cinema: the flicker of light/dark passages recalling the opening years of filmic rictus, or passages of silence bringing us back to the period before the entrance of synchronized sound. Off-Screen Cinema is magnificently researched and argued, a pleasure to encounter."--Rosalind Krauss, author of The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths

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