Publication: « DADA, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect », par R. Bruce Elder, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.

Présentation par l’éditeur:

Wilfrid Laurier University Press is pleased to announce the release of DADA, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect by R. Bruce Elder. A a companion to the author’s award-winning book Harmony & Dissent, this new release examines the DADA and Surrealist movements as responses to the advent of the cinema.

Pre-publication Review:

« DADA, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect, Bruce Elder’s superb companion volume to his earlier Harmony and Dissent, convincingly demonstrates that for the early twentieth-century avant-garde movements, cinema was the model, the preeminent form that prompted a recasting of the other arts. This wide-ranging study shows that Dada artists created cinematic collages and transformative machines, whereas Surrealists developed the film script as a new literary genre. His brilliant analyses of Duchamp’s Anémic cinema, Man Ray’s Retour à la raison and Emak Bakia, and Buñuel’s Un chien andalou and Las Hurdes are only surpassed by his intricate explication of Ernst’s cinematic collage novels, which he relates as models for Lawrence Jordan’s surrealist films. This is that rare book that casts the early twentieth-century avant-garde in a very new light. » – Rudolf Kuenzli, director, International Dada Archive, University of Iowa

R. Bruce Elder is a filmmaker, critic, and teacher (and former Program Director) in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. His film work has been screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Millennium Film Workshop, Berlin’s Kino Arsenal, Paris’ Centre Pompidou, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Atlanta’s High Museum, Los Angeles’ Film Forum, Stadtfilmmuseum München, and Hamburg’s Kino Metropolis. Cinematheque Ontario has said this about him: « R. Bruce Elder is not only one of Canada’s foremost experimental filmmakers, he’s one of our greatest artists, thinkers, critics, and filmmakers, period. »

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