Film and the anarchist imagination

Porton (cinema studies, Coll. of Staten Island) presents a study of how anarchy, as a political theory or belief, has been presented on the screen in feature films and documentaries. Readers with some prior knowledge of this political philosophy and the names associated with it will get the most out of the work. The majority of the films under consideration are American or European and were not made by anarchists. Porton examines film portrayals of anarchist heroes and martyrs such as Joe Hill, Sacco and Vanzetti, and Buenaventura Durutti and illustrates other anarchist topics by examining specific filmsAZero for Conduct, If, and Jonas Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 are used in the consideration of anarchist pedagogy. He also covers anarcho-feminism, the revolt against work, anarcho-syndicalism, anti-statist insurrections, and bohemia. Few of the films discussed earn Porton’s whole-hearted approval.

Text: Porton Richard. pp. 314; paperback. Publisher: Verso Publishing, London, 1999.

ISBN: 9781859842614| 1859842615
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Porton (cinema studies, Coll. of Staten Island) presents a study of how anarchy, as a political theory or belief, has been presented on the screen in feature films and documentaries. Readers with some prior knowledge of this political philosophy and the names associated with it will get the most out of the work. The majority of the films under consideration are American or European and were not made by anarchists. Porton examines film portrayals of anarchist heroes and martyrs such as Joe Hill, Sacco and Vanzetti, and Buenaventura Durutti and illustrates other anarchist topics by examining specific filmsAZero for Conduct, If, and Jonas Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 are used in the consideration of anarchist pedagogy. He also covers anarcho-feminism, the revolt against work, anarcho-syndicalism, anti-statist insurrections, and bohemia. Few of the films discussed earn Porton’s whole-hearted approval.

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