Art in Cinema: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society

Visiting Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald is the author of a recently published book titled Art in Cinema: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society. . The Art in Cinema Society, led by filmmaker Frank Stauffacher, pioneered the promotion of avant-garde cinema in America. MacDonald’s book provides extensive documentation of the film society including the complete programs presented by the legendary society; dozens of previously unavailable letters between Stauffacher and his collaborators and filmmakers including Maya Deren, Hans Richter, Vincent Minnelli, and Man Ray; a reprint of the society’s original catalog; and a wide range of other historical documents. MacDonald is the author of ten previous books, including the acclaimed A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers.


"Art in Cinema is an extremely important editorial undertaking, completed with all the professionalism and care that we have come to expect from Scott MacDonald's work, for which all scholars with interests in and commitments to American popular culture are extremely grateful." —David E. James, University of Southern California

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