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Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order: Understanding the American Avant-Garde Cinema (Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media)

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In spite of the difficulty of most American avant-garde films, one can read volumes and find almost no mention of how to view these films. Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order addresses precisely this question: how-and to what extent-can viewers make sense of American avant-garde films? It is a controversial book that examines the implicit assumptions of traditional scholarsh ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Wayne State University Press
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It was from this bk that I learned the term "graphic matching" for describing shot transitions in wch the end of one shot looks similar to the beginning of the one following it. I also learned about top-down processing. This latter inspired me to make a film called "Peterson's Restaurant". Craig Baldwin recommended that I never show it again! I like it though. Well.. sortof. Anyway, this bk attempts to explain how "viewers can make sense of American avant-garde films". I wonder how many people r ...more
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not really a fan of this cognitive, problem solving approach..
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