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Between the Black Box and the White CubeExpanded Cinema and Postwar Art$
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Andrew V. Uroskie

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226842981

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226109022.001.0001

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Between the Black Box and the White Cube

Andrew V. Uroskie

University of Chicago Press

For decades, the canonical histories of postwar avant-garde cinema have begun with the “mythopoetic” and “visionary” ideas of Deren and Brakhage, in utter neglect of the radical Lettrist cinema by which Brakhage was himself inspired. This chapter explores the brief flowering of Lettrist cinema in Paris of the early ‘50s as establishing the aesthetic and theoretrical foundation of the Expanded Cinema and intermedia practices of the 1960s and ‘70s. Isidore-Isou’s Treatise on Slobber and Eternity (1951) inaugurates the movement with its conception of a radically disjunctive aesthetics, prefiguring both the sound/image mismatch of Jean-Luc Godard and the critical film essays of Chris Marker. Maurice Lemaître’s Has the Film Begun? (1952) extends this disjunctive conception to cinema’s theatrical situation, presenting an idea of synthetic cinema-performance which frustates the distinction between the local and cinematic space.

Keywords:   French Film History, Lettrism, Situationism, Isidore Isou, Maurice Lemaître, Film Exhibition, Performance

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