Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, 1943-2000, 3rd Edition

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Critics hailed previous editions of Visionary Film as the most complete work written on the exciting, often puzzling, and always controversial genre of American avant-garde film. This book has remained the standard text on American avant-garde film since the publication of its first edition in 1974. Now P. Adams Sitney has once again revised and updated this classic work, restoring a chapter on the films of Gregory J. Markopoulos and bringing his discussion of the principal genres and major filmmakers up to the year 2000.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (October 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019514886X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195148862
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

Customer Reviews

For both production and studies majors.

 on June 20, 2013
By Karen Saephanh
This book goes into depth with the American Avant-Garde filmmakers listed of the time on the cover. Sitney explains what he thinks while comparing filmmakers, which is a bit tricky to understand which is which. I enjoyed reading about the directors themselves commenting on their films and what they did to achieve their idea of what films should be filmed and how they should be filmed. It is best to read before watching the movies listed in Sitney’s text, then reread what Sitney and what the filmmakers had to say.

Four Stars

 on October 28, 2016
By L. Larson

Five Stars

 on July 6, 2016
By Juan
Love it

Essential reading for those interested in avant-garde/experimental film

9 people found this helpful.
 on June 16, 2008
By Jason Murphy
Quite simply, anyone interested in the history of avant-garde film and its major filmmakers needs to pick “Visionary Film” up. It’s one of the first, and still one of the finest, major texts to be published on the subject. Sitney has dedicated the majority of his life to the study of American avant-garde filmmaking, and it shows; he brings to his work both a breadth of knowledge and a depth of insight that are pretty much unparalleled.

Essential reading

 on December 29, 2016
By Brooklyn Feral Cat
P. Adams Sitney literally wrote the book on American experimental film. This is that book.

Visionary Film

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 10, 2009
By M. Homeyer
book is great… if your at all interested in alternative cinema, i highly suggest that you check this out. it boils down some very pretentious and overbearing works so they are at the least understandable.

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