By P. Gaal-Holmes
This entire ancient account demonstrates the wealthy variety in Seventies British experimental filmmaking, appearing as a kind of reclamation for movies and filmmakers marginalized inside of confirmed histories. An essential ebook for practitioners, historians and critics alike, it offers new interpretations of this wealthy and numerous background.
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Extra resources for A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity
The initiative was born out of the German ‘Film als Film: 1910 Bis Heute Vom Animationsfilm Zum Filmenvironment Der Siebzieger Jahre’ (1977) exhibition, co-curated by Birgit Hein and Wulf Herzogenrath, setting up an international art historical polemic focused on relationships between experimental film and related artefacts (drawings, paintings and archival documentation). This provided a critical context for experimental filmmaking within the broader contexts of cinema and German art. 20 The intention was to include early European and Soviet films and the previously hidden history of women’s experimental filmmaking.
6 The different narratives that historians have to tell are also invariably informed by institutional or ideological reasoning. In his curatorial essay for ‘The Elusive Sign’ (1987) exhibition, the critic Michael O’Pray similarly asserted Jenkins’ claims about the positioned nature of the historian, acknowledging how choices are often made to accommodate certain historical accounts by potentially omitting works sitting less comfortably within the arguments presented: To this extent, the history of the avant-garde is always elusive.
This provided a critical context for experimental filmmaking within the broader contexts of cinema and German art. 20 The intention was to include early European and Soviet films and the previously hidden history of women’s experimental filmmaking. 23 Despite recognising that ‘Film as Film’ dealt with specific formal practices, it was felt that the inclusion of this historically marginalised group would contribute important breadth and context to the exhibition, thereby offering a more representative history.
A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity by P. Gaal-Holmes