"We Support Everything since the Dawn of Time That Has Struggled and Still Struggles"

From Sternberg Press / All the King's Horses series

"We Support Everything since the Dawn of Time That Has Struggled and Still Struggles"

Introduction to Lettrist Cinema

By Nicole Brenez

Translated by Clodagh Kinsella

Distributed for Sternberg Press

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Summary

The Lettrist movement is unique in the history of avant-garde formations. Founded by Isidore Isou in Paris immediately after World War II, it remains active to this day, having lost none of its radicalism, either aesthetic or ethical. In this book, Nicole Brenez presents the key figures and the basic concepts of Lettrist cinema, the art form within which their formal innovations proved the most far-reaching, prefiguring the breakthroughs of the nouvelle vague and the experiments of expanded cinema.

Copublished with Moderna Museet, Stockholm, with support from Allianz Kulturstiftung

Paperback

$12.00 T ISBN: 9783956791062 72 pp. | 3.75 in x 5.75 in 15 b&w illus.

Not for sale in Europe or the UK.

Contributors

Clodagh Kinsella.

Endorsements

  • In October 1963 I met Gil J., and we schlepped to the scrap-metal market. [...] It was there that I came up with the following definition of Lettrism:Lettrism: 1) technical definition: smithy, arsenal, place where unused weapons are stored; 2) volcanology: rumbling that announces certain volcanic eruptions. Examples: 1) “Thanks to L., insurgent groups were armed” – 2) “The people of Herculaneum did not pay heed to L.” [Acad.]

    Jean-Louis Brau

    1972