Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film by Jeffrey Skoller
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press | Number Of Pages: 264 | Publication Date: 2005-08-14 | ISBN-10: 081664232X | PDF | 18 Mb
Avant-garde films are often dismissed as obscure or disconnected from the realities of social and political history. Jeffrey Skoller challenges this myth, arguing that avant-garde films more accurately display the complex interplay between past events and our experience of the present than conventional documentaries and historical films. Shadows, Specters, Shards examines a group of experimental films, including work by Eleanor Antin, Ernie Gehr, and Jean-Luc Godard, that take up historical events such as the Holocaust, Latin American independence struggles, and urban politics. Identifying a cinema of evocation rather than representation, these films call attention to the unrepresentable aspects of history that profoundly impact the experience of everyday life.