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Description - The Garden in the Machine by Scott MacDonald

"The Garden in the Machine" explores the evocations of place, and particularly American place, that have become so central to the representational and narrative strategies of alternative and mainstream film and video. Scott MacDonald contextualizes his discussion with a wide-ranging and deeply informed analysis of the depiction of place in 19th and 20th-century literature, painting and photography. Accessible and engaging, this book examines the manner in which these films represent nature and landscape in particular and location in general. It offers us both new readings of the films under consideration and an expanded sense of modern film history. Among the many antecedents to the films and videos discussed here are Thomas Cole's landscape painting, Thoreau's "Walden", Olmsted and Vaux's Central Park, and Eadweard Muybridge's panoramic photographs of San Francisco. MacDonald analyzes the work of many accomplished 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 Pier

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520227385
ISBN-10: 0520227387
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 487
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald teaches at Bard College. He is currently at work on volume 4 of A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers (volumes 1, 2, and 3 available from California). He is the author of Avant-Garde Film/Motion Studies (1993) and editor of Screen Writings: Scripts and Texts by Independent Filmmakers (California, 1995).

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