Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Can Celluloid Break Bricks?"


September 24, 7:00 pm
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn
(Q/B to 7th ave., or 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza)

This is the second installment in a series of book parties, book parties which celebrate books that are not new, but still deserve to celebrated: books about film, together with screenings of related movies, thoughtful discussion and cheap wine.

On Friday evening the 24th, at 7pm, we present Film and the Anarchist Imagination by Cineaste editor Richard Porton (Verso Books, 1999), and The Angry Brigade by Gordon Carr (dvd, 1973, 60min).

Film and the Anarchist Imagination explores anarchism’s portrayal in film over the past 100 years, and the anarchist ideas and tendencies that have made their way into every genre and size of production. Alongside film history, Porton introduces the anarchist traditions and movements that provided a backdrop for radical and reactionary cinemas.

This event serves as a live, updated edition of the book. The author will discuss with us the films and videos that didn’t make their way into the first edition, and the changes in radical filmmaking and anarchist thinking and action since the book’s release. We’ll also tackle why a real new edition of the book is perhaps unlikely to materialize, in the current market world of left-wing publishing.

Following the discussion will be a screening of The Angry Brigade, a documentary about “Britain’s first urban military group.” This film is not mentioned in the book (so we’re inserting it tonight, in pictures), but we will discuss the film, and the issues it brings up, with Porton after the screening.

A free zine with a collection of relevant writings will be available to all attendees.

Join us for cinema, books, wine, critique, theory and rambling, outdoors while we still can, in Unnameable Books’ backyard, in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Contact Rachael Rakes: 646-226-1754 or

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