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Expanded Cinema

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“The first book to consider video as an art form, was influential in establishing the field of media arts. In the book he argues that a new, expanded cinema is required for a new consciousness. He describes various types of filmmaking utilising new technology, including film special effects, computer art, video art, multi-media environments and holography." - wikipedia ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published November 1st 1970 by E. P. Dutton & Co. (first published January 1970)
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Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, film
This is visionary. Prophetic. Brilliant. Genius! &.. wishful thinking?! & I only see 2 editions listed here: the 1st paperback & the 1st hardback! That's a disgrace. Is this bk SO esoteric? Does it have SO little popular appeal? I reckon SO. It was published in 1970. I was living in Baltimore at the time & I heard a fair amt of references to it. This was probably b/c of Stan Vanderbeek's heading of the UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus) film & video department. It wdn't've be ...more
Daniel Carson
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's such a strange ethereal feeling of importance about this book, as though it were an artifact passed down and hidden through ages. Nothing in the book's message seems the slightest dated and still remains prophetic. Of course, people in the 60s and 70s anticipates technology to develop much faster than it actually has in regard to film and video tech, so the predictions about the near future of video art seem tacky at best. Still, the book has the feel of a manifesto or a creative call to ...more
Justin Zuckerman
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first half or so of this book is invaluable and anyone interested in cinema should read it. It offers illuminating thoughts on the purpose of art and cinema and the direction it needs to move in if it's to remain relevant and powerful. It absolutely changed the way I think about movies. As the book goes on though, Youngblood focuses on newer mediums and their importance, such as computer films, video, mixed-media theater, and holograms. He goes seriously in depth on these topics and spends a ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book might as well be titled Expanded Art. The reason why this book feels timeless and mythical its because it speaks of somewhat universal principles of creativity before explaining the techniques behind the works. I loved it.
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This is a wild read and is definitely of its time. It is something I'd recommend if you're looking for thought-provoking material while on acid. ...more
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Boundless utopia through the future of an illusion -- forty years later, it still hasn't come to pass. ...more
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Gene Youngblood (born 30 May 1942), is a theorist of media arts and politics, and a respected scholar in the history and theory of alternative cinemas. His best known book, Expanded Cinema, was the first to consider video as an art form and has been credited with helping to legitimate the fields of computer art and media arts. He is also known for his pioneering work in the media democracy movemen ...more

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