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Richard Porton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043338

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043338.001.0001

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Afterword

Afterword

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(p.229) Afterword
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Film and the Anarchist Imagination
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Richard Porton

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043338.003.0007

This afterword argues that despite fondness of many anarchist academics for popular culture, the most salient examples of twenty-first-century anarchist cinema and media have not originated from Hollywood or even from the increasingly conformist realm of so-called independent cinema. Although it is best to avoid facile dichotomies, there is clearly a widening gap within anarchist-inspired visual culture between “provisional” activist media and the avant-gardist tendency that still covertly believes in art as redemptive, even as it outwardly endorses an “anti-art” agenda. Moreover, it might not be too hyperbolic to claim that post-1999 anarchist film culture is less preoccupied with the schism between high and low culture than with dividing lines between collective, frequently anonymous, unsigned work and traditional auteur-driven cinema. To be sure, contradictions abound even in the most anti-authoritarian corners of the Internet where sites often feature both anonymous works that inspire activists, as well as films, both short and feature length, which are signed and reflect a specific directorial sensibility. What unites most of these films, though, is their widespread availability online.

Keywords:   anarchist cinema, anarchist media, visual culture, activist media, avant-garde, anarchist film culture

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