The Evergreen Review Film Reader

by Halter, EdRosset, Barney

In this first collection of film writing from Evergreen Review, the legendary publication's important contributions to film culture are available in a single volume. Featuring such legendary writers as Nat Hentoff, Norman Mailer, Parker Tyler, and Amos Vogel, the book presents writing on the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ousmane Sembene, Andy Warhol, and others and offers incisive essays and interviews from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Articles explore politics, revolution, and the cinema; underground and experimental film, pornography, and censorship; and the rise of independent film against the dominance of Hollywood. A new introductory essay by Ed Halter reveals the important role Evergreen Review and its publisher, Grove Press, played in advancing cinema during this period through innovations in production, distribution, and exhibition.

Editor Ed Halter began working on this book in 2001 with Barney Rosset, using his personal files and interviews with him as initial research.

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[...] The fascinating story of how Grove Press and its house organ, the Evergreen Review, revolutionized the publishing industry has now been told and retold many times, both in personal memoirs and popular histories. Much less has been written about the company's attempt to make similar achievements in film. ... This neglect is finally being redressed by Ed Halter and Barney Rosset's edited volume From the Third Eye, a collection of essays, reviews, interviews, and images from the Evergreen Review focusing on film and television. ... Ultimately, these selections index an interregnum in film history between the end of the production code and the rise of the ratings system, when the cinéma vérité aesthetic of the avant-garde overlapped with the clinical voyeurism of hard-core pornography under the sign of the sexual revolution. ... We now have the privilege to revisit this volatile interregnum in a documentary form that echoes the aesthetic and political preoccupations of the experimental cinema of the period. Halter confirms in his introduction, ...[t]he ‘you-are-there' mode of documentary reporting was one of Evergreen's most distinctive features, ... and this mode harmonized with the aesthetic of much of the avant-garde film under discussion in these pages. As Halter notes, many of these reports are like - mini-movies themselves, - both documenting and participating in the experimental aesthetic of underground cinema. They are well worth the price of admission. -- Loren Glass in The Los Angeles Review of Books!

Review: Los Angeles Review of Books

Italy: Il Saggiatore

Foreign licence: Client

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