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The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles Paperback – 22 Apr 2005

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Magnificent use of the art historian responsabilities 25 April 2005
By Franck Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This work is an exploration of the classical (Robert Florey, Maya Deren...), modern and contemporary territories of the avant-garde cinema in Los Angeles and the West Coast. It reveals and explains a fascinating tradition of films as innovative as largely unknown, that build alltogether something we could name the honor of the cinema. David E. James' book is deep, brilliant, imaginative, rich, subtle, sophisticated and perfectly clear. One can't imagine a more perfect use of the art and craft of a responsible historian of art , both responsible towards the freedom of art and towards the rigour of history.
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David James's Radical Act 17 May 2005
By Ozma Tahora - Published on Amazon.com
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In this brilliant and comprehensive history of alternative cinema in Los Angeles, David James performs a profoundly radical act-- he reclaims Los Angeles from Hollywood. For all of us who have been struggling daily, over months, years and decades, and against all odds to produce cinematic works in the heavy shadow of "the industry", this amazing book is both moving and empowering.
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