Film as a Subversive Art

Amos Vogel


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Film Desk Books
1 January 2021
ISBN: 9780999468388
336 pages

From the publisher

"Film as a Subversive Art takes an outstanding place…in the already extensive literature on film. It’s pictorial enlightenment and its text make it an invaluable work.”—Luis Buñuel

“Is there a film book more influential? … a gorgeous revised edition.”—Cinema Scope Magazine

“Vogel’s masterpiece is one of the truly iconic books on cinema.”—Greg de Cuir Jr., independent curator and writer

“A manifesto that wages war on cinema’s orthodoxies.”—Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice

“Amos Vogel is the moral conscience of the world of cinema.”—Werner Herzog

“One of the great pioneers of the avant-garde film.”—Yoko Ono

“The man was a giant.”—Martin Scorsese

Amos Vogel’s seminal book Film as a Subversive Art was first published in 1974 and, in Vogel’s own words, detailed, “the accelerating worldwide trend toward a more liberated cinema, in which subjects and forms hitherto considered unthinkable or forbidden are boldly explored.” It is now available again in this newly restored edition, in which hundreds of errors have been corrected. Accompanied by over three hundred rare film stills, newly sourced and re-scanned for this edition.

This revised edition of the book edited by Jim Colvill and Herb Shellenberger. New foreword by Herb Shellenberger.