How do I get paid? Learn about our new Secured Funds Program!
  View site in English, Español, or Français
The fair-trade ticketing company.
Sign Me Up!  |  Log In
Find An Event Create Your Event Help
The Filming of Modern Life: Cinema, Modernity, and the Avant-Garde
California College of the Arts
San Francisco, CA
Share this event:
Get Tickets
There are no active dates for this event.


The Filming of Modern Life: Cinema, Modernity, and the Avant-Garde
A lecture by Malcolm Turvey
presented in association with the California College of the Arts' Visual Studies Program
Malcolm Turvey In Person
[members: $5 / non-members: $10 / free to CCA students, faculty and staff]
Order advance tickets here.

In the 1920s, the European avant-garde embraced the cinema, experimenting with the medium in radical ways. Painters including Hans Richter and Fernand Léger as well as filmmakers belonging to such avant-garde movements as Dada and surrealism made some of the most enduring and fascinating films in the history of cinema. Malcolm Turvey is a Professor of Film History at Sarah Lawrence College. In his recent book, The Filming of Modern Life (published by MIT Press, 2011), he analyzes five films from the avant-garde canon: Rhythmus 21 (1921) by Hans Richter, Ballet mécanique (1924) by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, Entr'acte (1924) by Francis Picabia and René Clair, Un chien analog (1929) by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, Man with a Movie Camera (1929) by Dziga Vertov. All exemplify major trends within European avant-garde cinema of the time, from abstract animation to "cinema pur." Turvey closely examines their formal and stylistic innovations. He also argues that these films share a concern with modernization and the rapid, dislocating changes it was bringing about while he challenging the standard view of the avant-garde as implacably opposed to modern life. In fact, Turvey shows, all five films embrace and resist different aspects of modernity. Tonight's lecture will include screenings of and/or clips from these five classic works. (Malcolm Turvey)


California College of the Arts (View)
1111 Eighth Street (near Sixteenth)
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: San Francisco Cinematheque
On BPT Since: Jan 16, 2007

Contact us
1-800-838-3006 (Temporarily Unavailable)
Ticket Buyers
Track Your Order
Browse Events
Event Producers
Create an Event
Buy Pre-Printed Tickets
The Venue List
Find out about local events
Get daily or weekly email notifications of new and discounted events in your neighborhood.
Sign up for local events
Connect with us
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Instagram
Watch us on YouTube
Get to know us
Use of this service is subject to the Terms of Usage, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy of Brown Paper Tickets. All rights reserved. © 2000-2022 Mobile EN ES FR