Avant-garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions

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Wallflower Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 136 pages
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Annotation Few aspects of American military history have been as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's decision to use atomic bombs against Japan. In this carefully crafted volume, Michael Kort describes the wartime circumstances and thinking that form the context for the decision to use these weapons, surveys the major debates related to that decision, and provides a comprehensive collection of key primary source documents that illuminate the behavior of the United States and Japan during the closing days of World War II. Kort opens with a summary of the debate over Hiroshima as it has evolved since 1945. He then provides a historical overview of thye events in question, beginning with the decision and program to build the atomic bomb. Detailing the sequence of events leading to Japan's surrender, he revisits the decisive battles of the Pacific War and the motivations of American and Japanese leaders. Finally, Kort examines ten key issues in the discussion of Hiroshima and guides readers to relevant primary source documents, scholarly books, and articles.
 

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Contents

definitions
1
the european avantgardes
8
soviet experiments
26
british avantgarde film
38
american mythology
48
the aesthetics of the frame
58
the new wave
69
sex drugs and structure
84
form degree zero
96
the ghost in the machine
107
the young british artists
119
bibliography
129
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Michael O'Pray is Reader in Film in School of Art and Design, University of East London and has published widely on experimental cinema and artists' film and video.

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