By Scott MacDonald

ISBN-10: 0520227379

ISBN-13: 9780520227378

ISBN-10: 0520227387

ISBN-13: 9780520227385

The backyard within the Machine explores the evocations of position, and especially American position, that experience develop into so important to the representational and narrative ideas of other and mainstream movie and video. Scott MacDonald contextualizes his dialogue with a wide-ranging and deeply knowledgeable research of the depiction of position in 19th- and twentieth-century literature, portray, and images. obtainable and interesting, this publication examines the way during which those motion pictures characterize nature and panorama specifically, and site commonly. It bargains us either new readings of the movies into consideration and an elevated feel of recent movie history.

one of several antecedents to the movies and video clips mentioned listed here are Thomas Cole's panorama portray, Thoreau's Walden, Olmsted and Vaux's vital Park, and Eadweard Muybridge's panoramic images of San Francisco. MacDonald analyzes the paintings of many complete avant-garde filmmakers: Kenneth Anger, Bruce Baillie, James Benning, Stan Brakhage, Nathaniel Dorsky, Hollis Frampton, Ernie Gehr, Larry Gottheim, Robert Huot, Peter Hutton, Marjorie Keller, Rose Lowder, Marie Menken, J.J. Murphy, Andrew Noren, Pat O'Neill, Leighton Pierce, Carolee Schneemann, and Chick Strand. He additionally examines a number of fresh advertisement function motion pictures, in addition to self sustaining experiments in documentary and such contributions to self reliant video background as George Kuchar's climate Diaries and Ellen Spiro's Roam candy Home.

MacDonald unearths the non secular underpinnings of those works and indicates how problems with race, ethnicity, gender, and sophistication are conveyed as filmmakers try to realize types of Edenic serenity in the computing device of contemporary society. either own and scholarly, The backyard within the Machine might be a useful source for these drawn to investigating and experiencing a broader spectrum of cinema of their educating, of their examine, and of their lives.

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