Film as Film (HB)


Film as Film contains some ninety out-of-print or previously unavailable articles by the Greek-American filmmaker Gregory J. Markopoulos.
Please Note: Only a few copies of the first edition of Film as Film remain and the book is now collectable. The price has been increased to raise additional funds for Temenos and to support The Visible Press. A cheaper paperback version is available.

Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos
Edited by Mark Webber, with a foreword by P. Adams Sitney
The Visible Press, September 2014

Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos contains some ninety out-of-print or previously unavailable articles by the Greek-American filmmaker who, as a contemporary of Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol, was at the forefront of a movement that established a truly independent form of cinema. Beginning with his early writings on the American avant-garde and auteurs such as Dreyer, Bresson and Mizoguchi, it also features numerous essays on Markopoulos’ own practice, and on films by Robert Beavers, that were circulated only in journals, self-published editions or programme notes. The texts become increasingly metaphysical and poetic as the filmmaker pursued his ideal of Temenos, an archive and screening space to be located at a remote site in the Peloponnese where his epic final work could be viewed in harmony with the Greek landscape. Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-1992) is a unique figure in film history, whose life’s work stands in testament to his strength of vision and commitment to the medium.

ISBN: 978-0-9928377-0-9

220 x 141 x 35 mm
560 pages, including 16pp of colour images

Square-backed case, debossed front cover
Ribbon marker, head and tail bands
Individually shrinkwrapped

Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos
Edited by Mark Webber
The Visible Press, 2014

“This collection of writings by a key figure of the New American Cinema complements, illuminates and extends an incomparable body of work. Equal parts theory, criticism and mythical prose, the texts reflect the charisma and originality of its author – and his enduring romanticism. Brandished by the same absolutes and passion that fuel his films, Film as Film is a seminal addition to film scholarship and film history, and includes some of the most original writing on the art of cinema, not unlike that of Jean Cocteau and Pier Paolo Pasolini.”
—– Andréa Picard, Toronto International Film Festival

“For the first time the full depths of Gregory Markopoulos’ rigorous imagination can be fathomed, thanks to this marvellous anthology compiled by Mark Webber. Film as Film is an indispensable companion to Markopoulos’ unique cinema and a fascinating chronicle of his probing thoughts on filmmaking and his herculean efforts to realise the uncompromising, monumental dream of the eighty hour long Eniaios cycle of films.”
—– Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive

“Gregory J. Markopoulos, one of the great visionary filmmakers of the 20th century, was an equally insightful writer on film aesthetics, theory, and criticism. This much anticipated volume of his collected writings is essential reading, offering easy entry into the mind of a poet and leading advocate for the creative potential of the filmic medium. Markopoulos’ call for an ideal cinema is one that remains highly relevant to us today, giving us direction and inspiration.”
—– Susan Oxtoby, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“It feels apposite that the writings of Gregory Markopoulos be published now at a time when the very existence of film is so threatened. Nothing more should be needed as a convincing argument that film is still the important, autogenic magical medium for filmmakers today, as it was for Markopoulos, than his text “Correspondences of Smell and Visuals”. Here one bears witness to the exuberance of a work and a process in the making, brought about, as so often is the case, by both the glories and internal rigours of the medium of film itself. Exciting, too, to feel the fire in his writing, and experience through it a contemporary account of the establishment of the New American Cinema.”
—– Tacita Dean, artist

Film as Film, with its contents ranging from critical essays to poetry – all part of an autobiography – is not just a great read for anyone interested in film as an art form … It’s also a double inspiration: for young artists who are beginning to test their respective tools, training their eyes, ears, hands and machines on the world to achieve something beyond imitation; and for those who have not yet seen enough of the films made by Gregory J. Markopoulos. To quote the title of one of his masterpieces: this book is the Galaxie of Markopoulos moments, ninety-one intense spotlights from the artist’s life as a writer.”
—– Alexander Horwath, Österreichisches Filmmuseum

“Gregory Markopoulos has been in my thoughts since his masterpiece Bliss inspired me to pick up a Bolex camera several years ago. This book collects many of Markopoulos’ strident and inspirational writings, providing a wealth of experiences and provocations for future filmmakers and scholars everywhere. This publication, as well as the monumental Temenos screenings in Greece, will help to establish Markopoulos as one of the single most important filmmakers of the American avant-garde.”
—– Luke Fowler, artist

Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos
Edited by Mark Webber
The Visible Press, 2014

Film as Film: An Introduction, Mark Webber

Markopoulos Writings, P. Adams Sitney

I: Cinema, The Ideal (An Exposition)
The Responsibility of the Cinema in Our Age, c.1955
Cinema The Ideal, 1960
Sto Palikari, 1968
Towards a Constructive Complex in Projection, 1968
A Supreme Art in a Dark Age, 1971
Dante Present, 1971
Inherent Limitations, 1966
The Pyramid of Sight, 1986
The Intuition Space, 1973

II: Avant-Garde Chronicle (On Films & Filmmakers)
A Part of the Alphabet, 1961
Overtime, 1961
Avant-Garde Chronicle, 1963
Projection of Thoughts, 1964
Judgement Through Bad Conscience, 1965
What Are You Ready For?, 1965
Institutions Customs Landscapes, 1966
The Golden Poet, 1962
Scorpio Rising, 1963
Innocent Revels, 1964
Three Filmmakers, 1964
Stille Nacht, 1961
Jean Genet’s Only Film: Un chant d’amour, 1961
Film of the Absurd, 1962
Negatives, 1968
Robert Bresson: A Brief Survey, 1962
The Marvels and Lamentations of Mizoguchi, 1968

III: Disclosed Knowledge (On Markopoulos)
L’Arbre aux champignons, 1950
Psyche’s Search for the Herb of Invulnerability, 1955
A Note for Hans Van Manen, 1971
Bruised by the Critics, 1966
Whither Motion Pictures, 1985
From Fanshawe to Swain, 1966
Statement Concerning Cinema, 1963
Towards a New Narrative Film Form, 1963
Twice a Man Statement, 1965
The Driving Rhythm, 1966
Twice a Man, Three Time Prize Winner, 1966
Galaxie, 1966
The Filmmaker as Physician of the Future. 1967
A Note (for Jean-Paul Vroom), 1971
The Divine Attributes, 1970
Correspondences of Smell and Visuals, 1967
Towards a New Sound Complement for Motion Pictures, 1967
Adventures with Bliss in Roma, 1967
The Adamantine Bridge, 1968
Disclosed Knowledge, 1970
Rebus, 1970
The Redeeming of the Contrary, 1971
The Celestial Inheritance, 1971

IV: The Threshold of the Frame (On Robert Beavers)
10th of July, 1967
The Siege of Bruxelles, 1968
Circumbendibus Notes, 1968
“And I Shall Pull Things From the Stars”, 1972
From First Creative Steps Forward, 1971
The Language of Diamonds, 1970
Love’s Task, 1971
In Other Words It Is His Tongue, 1971
Art Is Not Knowledge, 1973
The Threshold of the Frame, 1974
Clarity Upon Clarity Through Reflection, 1974
The Gathering of Perception and Judgement, 1974
Erb and Tree, 1975
Πνοιη (Pnoee), 1976

V: Towards a Temenos (On Temenos)
Formal Account, 1970
Towards a Temenos, 1970
A Solemn Pause, 1971
The Filmmaker’s Perception in Contemplation, 1972
The Complex Illusion, 1972
Element of the Void, 1972
Towards a Complete Order, 1974
The Usury of the Creative Soul, 1976
Ηρακλής (Heracles), 1978
Εικόνες Αυτών (Ikones Auton), 1979
Προνώπιον (Pronopion), 1980
Ένθεος (Entheos), 1980
Aei!, 1981
Mosholibano, 1981
The Silk Road, 1982
The Ancient Future, 1983
Proposal to the Architect of the Temenos, 1984
The High Tableland, 1984
Ανάλαμψις (Analampsis), 1985
Message for D. W. Griffith, 1985
Hues Point, 1985
Αεί Καλόν (Aei Kalon A), 1985
Αεί Καλόν (Aei Kalon B), 1985
The Amygdaline Grove, 1986
The Bread of Angels, 1987
Unification of the Frame, 1990
The Future of the Temenos and its Boundaries, 1992
Ακρόπολης γης (Acropolis Gis), 1992

16 pages of colour and black & white images
including film stills, production photos and archive materials


Appendix I: Filmography of Gregory J. Markopoulos

Appendix II: Publications supervised by Gregory J. Markopoulos

Alphabetical Index of Titles

Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos
Edited by Mark Webber
The Visible Press, 2014

Gregory J. Markopoulos  (1928-92) is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of independent and avant-garde cinema. His films, which include Twice a Man (1963), Ming Green (1966), The Illiac Passion (1967) and Eniaios (1947-91), are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna).

Mark Webber is a film curator based in London, who has been responsible for major screening events or touring programmes hosted by institutions such as Tate Modern, LUX and ICA (London), Whitney Museum (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Basel, Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, IFFR Rotterdam and many international festivals, museums and art centres. He was a programmer for the BFI London Film Festival from 2000-12, and is the editor of Two Films by Owen Land.

P. Adams Sitney is a Princeton University professor and widely published critic. His Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, first published by Oxford in 1974, remains the definitive historical text on the subject. He is also the author of Modernist Montage, Vital Crises in Italian Cinema, Eyes Upside Down, and The Cinema of Poetry (forthcoming, including a chapter on Markopoulos), and editor of The Film Culture Reader, The Essential Cinema, and The Avant-Garde Film.

Excerpt from the Introduction

Essay: The Responsibility of the Cinema in Our Age

Essay: The Complex Illusion

Gregory J. Markopoulos Biography

Gregory J. Markopoulos Filmography

Markopoulos Events Archive

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