Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society

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Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society is the first book on Cinema 16. Scott MacDonald provides a sense of the life and work of the society, using the complete Cinema 16 program announcements, selected letters between Vogel and the filmAs the most successful and influential film society in American
history, Cinema 16 was a crucial organization for the creation of a
public space for the full range of cinema achievement in the years
following World War II. A precursor of the New York Film Festival,
Cinema 16 screenings became a gathering place for New Yorkers
interested not only in cinema, but in the use of media in the
development of a more complete, effective democracy. For seventeen
years, many of the leading intellectuals and artists of the time came
together as part of a membership society of thousands to experience the
creative programming of Cinema 16 director, Amos Vogel. What audiences
saw at Cinema 16 changed their lives and had an enduring impact not
only on the New York City cultural scene, but nationwide. Vogel's
distribution of landmark documentary and avant-garde films helped make
a place for many films that could never have had commercial release,
given the pressures of commercialism and censorship during the postwar
era.

Vogel's
commitment to the broadest range of cinema practice led him to develop
a programming strategy, inherited from the European cine-club movement,
that involved confronting audiences with such a wide range of cinematic
forms that viewers left the theater considering not only the often
remarkable films Vogel showed, but the place of Cinema itself in modern
life.

Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society
is the first book on Cinema 16. Scott MacDonald provides a sense of the
life and work of the society, using the complete Cinema 16 program
announcements, selected letters between Vogel and the filmmakers whose
films he showed; selections from the program notes that accompanied
Cinema 16 screenings, theoretical essays by Vogel on curating
independent cinema; conversations between MacDonald and Cinema 16
members; photographs and stills; and a variety of other documents

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Author: 

Scott MacDonald (ed.)

Price: 

24.95 USD

Pages: 

468

Publishing date: 

Saturday, October 20, 2007

ISBN: 

978-1566399241

Language: 

English