By Pavle Levi
Cinema through different Means explores avant-garde endeavors to perform the cinema by utilizing the fabrics and the innovations varied from these quite often linked to the cinematographic gear. utilizing examples from either the ancient and the post-war avant-garde -- Dada, Surrealism, Letterism, "structural-materialist" movie, and extra -- Pavle Levi unearths various odd and innovative ways that filmmakers, artists, and writers have reflected and created, played and remodeled, the "movies" without or with without delay grounding their paintings within the fabrics of movie. The learn considers artists and theorists from in all places Europe --- France, Italy, Soviet Union, Germany, Hungary -- however it rather foregrounds the context of the Yugoslav avant-garde. Cinema by way of different Means deals the English-language reader a radical explication of an collection of fairly Yugoslav inventive phenomena, equivalent to the Zenithist cine-writings of the Nineteen Twenties, the proto-structural Antifilm move of the early Nineteen Sixties, and the "ortho-dialectical" film-poetry of the 1970s.
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