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Jonas Mekas: Just Like A Shadow Hardcover – August 15, 2000

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As editor of Film Culture and founder of the Anthology Film Archives, and through his own films, Mekas shaped an art form that had a wide influence on mainstream movies, video art, and web design. His own works are visual diaries in a staccato style, fully edited within the camera. This book consists solely of about 150 pages of enlarged frames from Mekas's films, along with a brief interview in which the 78-year-old Lithuanian-born artist reflects on his career. Presented as static images, the frame blowups at times resemble fuzzier, less-evocative iterations of Cindy Sherman's pictures. There are numerous familiar faces repeated throughout (John and Yoko, Taylor Mead, Lee Radziwill, and, ad nauseum, Andy Warhol), the cumulative effect of which isAsomewhat inaccuratelyAto circumscribe Mekas within very specific cultural terrain and make this book little more than a scrapbook. At best, this book lets film/video artists see a little of an early master's films; at worst, it's a record of some pretty unmemorable imagery and a catalog of Mekas's circle of friends during his relatively brief heyday. Useful only for those libraries specializing in film or video art.ADouglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Mekas’s images…all have a feeling of spontaneity and the immediacy of life. There is a marvelous sense of intimacy… -- The New York Times Book Review, January 28, 2001 –Eric P. Nash

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; 1 edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3882437235
  • ISBN-13: 978-3882437232
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joe wheeler on December 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When you see his films in the cinema you just want to see more and more but you can't. His films are shown so rarely that if you want to in any way relive the experience you must own this book. It contains stills from all his past films (Diarys), often the most memeroable bits. There is also an interview in which he explains himself and why he makes films like he does.
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By Juliano G. Oliveira on August 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's a nice book. There's an interesting and recent interview with Mekas(2000), but it's mainly a photobook, with very beautiful images extracted from Mekas films.
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