Like David James' earlier collection of essays, Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture (1996), the present volume, Power Misses II: Cinema, Asian and Modern is concerned with popular cultural activity that propose alternatives and opposition to capitalist media. Now with a wider frame of reference, it moves globally from west to east, beginning with films made during the Korean Democracy Movement, and then turning to socialist realism in China and Taiwan, and to Asian American film and poetry in Los Angeles. Several other avant-garde film movements in L.A. created communities resistant to the culture industries centered there, as did elements in the classic New York avant-garde, here instanced in the work of Ken Jacobs and Andy Warhol. The final chapter concerns little-known films about communal agriculture in the Nottinghamshire village of Laxton, the only one where the medieval open-field system never suffered enclosure. This survival of the commons anticipated resistance to the extreme and catastrophic forms of privatization, monetization, and theft of the public commonweal in the advanced form of capitalism we know as neoliberalism.
1. Im Kwon-taek: Korean National Cinema and Buddhism 2. Im Kwon-taek's Use of Nativist Korean Culture as Allegories of Cinema: Ch'unhyang, Chihwaseon, and Hanji 3. The Name of a Desire: Recollections of Socialist Realism in East Asian Art Cinema 4. Tradition and the Movies: The Asian American Avant-Garde in Los Angeles 5. The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in Los Angeles 6. Towards a Geo-Cinematic Hermeneutics: Representations of Los Angeles in Non-Industrial Cinema – Killer of Sheep and Water and Power 7. Expanded Cinema in Los Angeles: The Single Wing Turquoise Bird 8. L.A.'s Hipster Cinema 9. The Sky Socialist: Film as an Instrument of Thought, Cinema as an Augury of Redemption 10. The Mirror and the Vamp: Catoptrics of Self in Andy Warhol's Lupe 11. Letter to Paul Arthur (Letter With Endnotes) 12. Agricultural Revelation: Land, Labor, and Voice in Three Films About Laxton
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