In the 1940s and 1950s, hundreds of art documentaries were produced, many of them being highly personal, poetic, reflexive and experimental films that offer a thrilling cinematic experience. With the exception of Alain Resnais's Van Gogh (1948), Henri-Georges Clouzot's Le Myst re Picasso (1956) and a few others, most of them have received only scant scholarly attention. This book aims to rectify this situation by discussing the most lyrical, experimental and influential post-war art documentaries, connecting them to contemporaneous museological developments and Euro-American cultural and political relationships. With contributors with expertise across art history and film studies, Art in the Cinema draws attention to film projects by Andr Bazin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Paul Haesaerts, Carlo Ragghianti, John Read, Dudley Shaw Aston, Henri Storck and Willard Van Dyke among others.
About the Author
Steven Jacobs is Associate Professor at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is an art historian specializing in the relations between film and the visual arts - a topic on which he published widely. Dimitrios Latsis is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the School of Image Arts of Ryerson University, Canada. He has published widely in the fields of American visual culture, historiography and theory and cinema and archival studies. Birgit Cleppe is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Art History, Ghent University, Belgium. She also teaches history of architecture at KASK & Conservatorium in Ghent, Belgium.