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OUGD401: Lecture Notes - Advante-Garde Cinema

  • Richard Miles -

  • In opposition to mainstream cinema.
  • A critical attack on Hollywood cinema, being different in everyday.
  • Non Linear/Non Figurative/Non narrative.
  • Open audience, rather than closed.
  • Requires a different kind of spectatorship.
  • Create your own meaning to the film.

  • 'Un Chien Andalou' (1929) Luis Bunuel.
  • Plot was constructed with Salvador Dali.
  • Surrealist feeling to the film.
  • Can be seen as a metaphor for the weight of the world, social and sexual oppression. 
  • Cremaster 3 (2002) Matthew Barney.
  • Starring himself,
  • He was going on a quest to climb the gugamhimeh, being stopped by show girls, and two american hardcore rock bands.

  • Spirals (1926) Oskar Fischinger
  • Playing with optics
  • Showed at the Bauhaus.

  • Lapis (1966) James Whitney
  • Bohemian
  • Synthetic sounds, creating by new electronic instruments which became popular in the 60s, as the 'new sound'.
  • People write about it as a form of poetry

  • Black Ice (1994) Stan Brakhage
  • physically modified the film stripes, scratching, painting, drawing.
  • Mothlight (1963)
  • made using the same process as Black ice.
  • Window Water Baby Moving
  • Attempts to make a hypnogogic feeling, the state between waking and sleeping. 
  • Nothing makes sense, but your brain is half conscious, feeling. 

  • Empire (-) Andy Warhol 
  • Static camera filming the empire state building for 10 hours.

  • All these films take the idea of cinema and remove it, and look at cinema from a new point of view. 
  • They're not made for money, so there's a feeling of honesty from them, however, since they're not made to make money, they're never shown.

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