Michael Richardson – Surrealism And Cinema (2006)

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Book Summary:
Tracing the work of Luis Bunuel, Jacques Prevert, Nelly Kaplan, Walerian Borowcyzk, Jan vankmajer, Raul Ruiz and Alejandro Jodorowsky, this book charts the history of surrealist filmmaking in both Europe and Hollywood from the 1920s to the present day. At once a critical introduction and a provocative re-evaluation, “Surrealism and Cinema” is essential reading for anyone interested in surrealist ideas and art and the history of film.

Review:
I so enjoyed reading this book! Its arguments about surrealism and film are lucid and persuasive and presented with compelling clarity. I couldn’t put it down.’ Mary Ann Caws, author of Surrealism: themes and movements and Surrealist Painters and Poets: an anthology ‘There is nothing that would compel one to not recommend this intelligent and fiercely radical study of Surrealism and cinema, which ranges further in its scope, is more up-to-date, and is more thorough in its investigation than any other.’ Manticore: Surrealist Communication ‘Richardson begins where most other commentators leave off.’ Leonardo ‘This expansive study contributes to maintaining a notion of what surrealism within cinema might be without restricting it to a set of rules or conditions.’ Screening the Past

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