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Published: 31 August 2014

304 Pages | 45 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719091919

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Flesh Cinema

The corporeal turn in American avant-garde film

Ara Osterweil

Published by Manchester University Press

Rethinking Arts Histories MUP

  • First book to focus on the explicit representation of sexuality in avant-garde films
  • Takes readers on an adventure through the ins and outs of the sixties art world, and the intimate relationships sustained by it
  • Does not segregate filmmakers based upon gender or sexual preference but explores how films made by male, female, queer and straight filmmakers all contributed to radical exploration of sexuality in this period
  • Provides compelling historical account of how avant-garde cinema helped to transform censorship laws and culture in the United States in the 1960s
  • Explores the essential role that intimate collaborations and queer friendships between artists played in the production of groundbreaking films about the body
  • Provides close readings of essential, controversial, and under-theorized avant-garde films, including Barbara Rubin's Christmas on Earth, Andy Warhol's Couch and Blue Movie, Stan Brakhage's Lovemaking, and Yoko Ono's Fly
  • Incorporation of unpublished archival materials and interviews that provide fuller account of the circumstances that impacted the production and reception of this body of work

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