Film as a Subversive Art

Amos Vogel


The Film Desk, 2021. Hardcover, 336pp., 6.5 x 9 inches


Amos Vogel’s seminal book Film as a Subversive Art was first published in 1974 and, in Vogel’s own words, detailed, “the accelerating worldwide trend toward a more liberated cinema, in which subjects and forms hitherto considered unthinkable or forbidden are boldly explored.” It is now available again in this newly restored edition, in which hundreds of errors have been corrected. Accompanied by over three hundred rare film stills, newly sourced and re-scanned for this edition.

This revised edition of the book edited by Jim Colvill and Herb Shellenberger. New foreword by Herb Shellenberger.

Amos Vogel (1921–2012) was born in Vienna and emigrated to the United States in 1938, eventually ending up in New York City. From 1947 to 1963 Vogel and his wife Marcia ran Cinema 16, the most successful and influential membership film society in North American history. In 1963 Vogel founded the Lincoln Center Film Department and was co-founder of the New York Film Festival, which he ran until 1968. He was a longtime faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and a regular contributor to The Village Voice and Film Comment.