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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Film and the Anarchist Imagination by Richard Porton. In Film and the Anarchist Imagination , the first comprehensive survey of anarchism in film, Richard Porton deconstructs such stereotypes while offering an authoritative account of films featuring anarchist characters and motifs.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Film and the Anarchist Imagination. Dec 16, Miquixote rated it liked it Shelves: c-plus-aggregate , under-reviewed. Here anarchism, and its heroes are portrayed in film Please note that this is not a book of anarchist films.
You will notice that few films pass Porton's approval. One finds out again how powerful propaganda is, and how out of touch it is from the historical reality of anarchism: the ridiculous stereotypes here can be quite revealing of our collective i a fascinating topic admittedly not done in the most fascinating way One finds out again how powerful propaganda is, and how out of touch it is from the historical reality of anarchism: the ridiculous stereotypes here can be quite revealing of our collective imaginations!
Unique, I am not aware of any other book like this, despite its dryness. This book is at that same time quite good, and also disappointing.
Good in the sense that it covers a lot of material, particularly in regards to older films, which I haven't come across. So now I have a quite substantial list of interesting films to track down and watch for instance the first one I looked for is Rene Clair's A Nous la Liberte, which I had not heard of before, but is a brilliant comedy-operetta about work refusal, factories, etc.
Porton makes a number of interesting points abo This book is at that same time quite good, and also disappointing. Porton makes a number of interesting points about particular films, aesthetics, politics and their conjunction. The main letdown is the book is not really about the anarchist imagination per se, as much as the role that anarchists have played in the popular imagination as embodied in the form of film.
Bearded bombe throwers and the like although I suppose now that is being replaced by the image of the black pajama block. This is not so surprising, although I suppose in am academic context since I think that Porton is the first to write about such that makes it a good contribution to knowledge. What would strike me as more interesting would be to explore the relation between anarchist approaches to representation, aesthetics and knowledge as they operate within film, and whether the form is conducive to the fostering of anarchistic imaginaries and relations.
In other words to take anarchism as an approach rather than an object of study, which is what I thought the book would be trying to do given the title.
So overall it's quite a good book, although I kept wishing that those moments would occur more frequently, that it would be a work anarchist imagination rather than on the imagination constructed of anarchism. Apr 12, Direncan rated it liked it. Arvid rated it liked it Mar 26, Odonian Rainbow Collective rated it liked it Jul 01, Lena G. Matt rated it liked it Apr 25, Jesse Irwin rated it liked it Oct 31, Bianca rated it it was ok Mar 17, Tristan Tzarathustra rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Roberto rated it liked it Sep 13, Tim rated it really liked it Oct 16, Jesse Cohn rated it it was ok Sep 09, Greg rated it liked it Jun 03, Adam rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Santiago Reyes Osorio rated it really liked it Mar 29, Jenna is currently reading it Jun 11, Chris marked it as to-read Jun 11, Marty marked it as to-read Sep 17, Julian marked it as to-read Sep 22, Jeanette marked it as to-read Nov 30, Mira marked it as to-read Jul 06, Edward Belfield marked it as to-read Sep 03, Traci is currently reading it Dec 18, Edward Belfield added it Jan 29, Marc marked it as to-read Apr 19, Jason marked it as to-read Apr 25, Erik added it Mar 16, Mike added it Jul 29, Kimberly added it Dec 22, Tom Schneitter marked it as to-read May 11, Daniel Burton-Rose marked it as to-read Aug 04, Bayzid added it Aug 10, Dave Grelli is currently reading it Oct 14, Anasua Bhattacharya marked it as to-read Dec 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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