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The Structural Film: Ruptures and Continuities in Avant-Garde Art

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In 1969, P. Adams Sitney, a precocious film critic of exceptional acuity, issued the most famous and frequently quoted essay ever written on avant-garde cinema, "Structural Film". Sitney's article announced the appearance of a new approach to making avant-garde films. This essay deals with the controversy that the article provoked, by exploring the relationship between Sitney's conception of the structural film and the nature of Minimalist painting, sculpture, and music – roughly contemporaneous practices. This exploration enables one to discern the radical challenge that all these practices offered to the traditional compositional ideal expounded by Immanuel Kant in his Kritik der Urteilskraft.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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