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The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe since the 1960s

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The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe since the 1960s

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The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe since the 1960s

By Anna Schober/lntellect/2013/140 pp./$35.50 (sb)

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Filmgoing practices are an emergent focus of film studies research. Anna Schober's The Cinema Makers adds to this trend, covering geographical gaps and pointing out relations rarely highlighted in works in this field. Schober focuses her analysis on the formation of alternative exhibition circuits in both ex-Yugoslavia and Germany/ Austria. As information on this topic is scarce in academic works, she aptly uses interviews with some of the main actors of these movements, together with theoretical approaches on uses of urban space and the construction of the public sphere.

The book highlights the parallel actions taken in both state-socialist and capitalist nations, especially from the 1960s, shaping the circulation--and consumption--of arthouse, critical, and nonconformist films. Perhaps strikingly, similarities among cinephilic movements related to Yugoslavia's Crni Talas (Black Wave) and "expanded cinema" in Western Europe are more common than their differences. …

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