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The Films of Bill Morrison

Aesthetics of the Archive

Bernd Herzogenrath André Habib Dan Streible Benjamin Léon Hans Morgenstern Hanjo Berressem David Gersten Jan-Christophe Horak Yasmin Afshar William Cusick

280 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison has been making films that combine archival footage and contemporary music for decades, and he has recently begun to receive substantial recognition: he was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and his 2002 film Decasia was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This is the first book-length study of Morrison's work, covering the whole of his career. It gathers specialists throughout film studies to explore Morrison's "aesthetics of the archive"-his creative play with archival footage and his focus on the materiality of the medium of film.
Author Bio
Bernd Herzogenrath teaches American literature and culture at Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He is the author of An American Body