Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism

Paperback

Price:
$39.95 / £34.00
ISBN:
Published:
08/26/2001
Copyright:
1999
Pages:
208
Size:
6 x 9.25 in.
Illus:
11 halftones
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Gone with the Wind an inspiration for the American avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a crucial source for the development of cutting-edge intellectual and aesthetic ideas? As Greg Taylor shows in this witty and provocative book, the idea is not so far-fetched. One of the first-ever studies of American film criticism, Artists in the Audience shows that film critics, beginning in the 1940s, turned to the movies as raw material to be molded into a more radical modernism than that offered by any other contemporary artists or thinkers. In doing so, they offered readers a vanguard alternative that reshaped postwar American culture: nonaesthetic mass culture reconceived and refashioned into rich, personally relevant art by the attuned, creative spectator.