File avant-garde/avant-garde.0511, message 1

Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 16:43:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [a-g] SHADOWS, SPECTERS,

Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 16:12:52 -0600
Subject: SHADOWS, SPECTERS, SHARDS: Making History in Avant-Garde Film
From: Stacy Zellmann <>

Demonstrates how avant-garde films better reflect the complexity of history
than conventional film.

SHADOWS, SPECTERS, SHARDS: Making History in Avant-Garde Film
Jeffrey Skoller
University of Minnesota Press | 264 pages | 2005
ISBN 0-8166-4231-1 | hardcover | $74.95
ISBN 0-8166-4232-X | paperback | $24.95

Shadows, Specters, Shards examines experimental films, including work by
Eleanor Antin, Ernie Gehr, and Jean-Luc Godard, that take up events such as
the Holocaust, Latin American independence struggles, and urban politics. In
his discussion of avant-garde film of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Jeffrey
Skoller reveals how a nuanced understanding of the past is linked to the
artistry of image making and storytelling.

"A passionate and close reading of a body of previously neglected
avant-garde films, which in Jeffrey Skoller's hands are revealed to be at
the cutting edge of some of the most significant social and intellectual
debates of the last three decades. Shadows, Specters, Shards is a timely and
provocative contribution to film culture and scholarship." - Yvonne Rainer

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