Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art

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"Film as a Subversive Art was first published in 1974. According to Vogel--founder of Cinema 16, North America's legendary film society--the book details the "accelerating worldwide trend toward a more liberated cinema, in which subjects and forms hitherto considered unthinkable or forbidden are boldly explored." So ahead of his time was Vogel that the ideas that he penned some 30 years ago are still relevant today, and readily accessible in this classic volume. Accompanied by over 300 rare film stills, Film as a Subversive Art analyzes how aesthetic, sexual, and ideological subversives use one of the most powerful art forms of our day to exchange or manipulate our conscious and unconscious, demystify visual taboos, destroy dated cinematic forms, and undermine existing value systems and institutions."

This list contains all movies in the revised version from 2021.

Included in this list are movies:
1. with dedicated texts.
2. shown in movie stills.
3. mentioned otherwise as an example of subversive cinema in the context of the text it is mentioned in.

Excluded from this list are movies that are mentioned in any other way than an example of subversive cinema.

The movies are sorted by appearance in the book. Some movies appear multiple times. In that case, the preferred position is the dedicated text, then a movie still and lastly a mention.

The book is divided into parts:
Introduction (#1 - #20)
Part 1 - Weapons of Subversion: The Subversion of Form (#21 - #170)
Part 2 - Weapons of Subversion: The Subversion of Content (#171 - #355)
Part 3 - Weapons of Subversion: Forbidden Subjects of the Cinema (#356 - #572)
Part 4 - Towards a New Consciousness (#573 - #598)
#599 is the back cover.

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  1. 1 +71

    Blow-Up

    1966, in 20 top lists Check
  2. 2 +546

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
  3. 3 +72

    Blue Moses

    1962, in 2 top lists Check
  4. 4 +84

    Canyon

    1970, in 1 top list Check
  5. 5 +139

    Désordre

    1950 — a.k.a. Disorder, in 1 top list Check
  6. 6 +153

    L'eclisse

    1962 — a.k.a. Eclipse, in 13 top lists Check
  7. 7 +280

    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 19 top lists Check
  8. 8 +164

    Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen

    1970 — a.k.a. Even Dwarfs Started Small, in 3 top lists Check
  9. 9 +209

    Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter

    1972 — a.k.a. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, in 3 top lists Check
  10. 10 +298

    L'année dernière à Marienbad

    1961 — a.k.a. Last Year at Marienbad, in 23 top lists Check
  11. 11 +308

    Living in a Reversed World

    1958, in 1 top list Check
  12. 12 +334

    Masculin féminin

    1966 — a.k.a. Masculine-Feminine, in 7 top lists Check
  13. 13 +368

    Nothing Happened This Morning

    1965, in 1 top list Check
  14. 14 +363

    Nicht mehr fliehen

    1955, in 1 top list Check
  15. 15 +429

    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 34 top lists Check
  16. 16 +438

    Relativity

    1966, in 1 top list Check
  17. 17 +530

    2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle

    1967 — a.k.a. Two or Three Things I Know About Her, in 10 top lists Check
  18. 18 +576

    Zorns Lemma

    1970, in 5 top lists Check
  19. 19 +558

    Week End

    1967 — a.k.a. Weekend, in 14 top lists Check
  20. 20 +562

    Why Not: A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology

    1970, in 1 top list Check
  21. 21 +63

    Po zakonu

    1926 — a.k.a. By the Law, in 10 top lists Check
  22. 22 +493

    Stachka

    1925 — a.k.a. Strike, in 14 top lists Check
  23. 23 +131

    Zemlya

    1930 — a.k.a. Earth, in 16 top lists Check
  24. 24 +488

    Potomok Chingis-Khana

    1928 — a.k.a. Storm Over Asia, in 8 top lists Check
  25. 25 +10

    Arsenal

    1929, in 7 top lists Check
  26. 26 +314

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 24 top lists Check
  27. 27 +142

    Konets Sankt-Peterburga

    1927 — a.k.a. The End of St. Petersburg, in 4 top lists Check
  28. 28 +362

    Oktyabr

    1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World), in 12 top lists Check
  29. 29 +448

    Fellini - Satyricon

    1969 — a.k.a. Fellini Satyricon, in 10 top lists Check
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    Big Business

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
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    In the Clutches of the Gang

    1914, in 1 top list Check
  32. 32 +53

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 30 top lists Check
  33. 33 +93

    Kôshikei

    1968 — a.k.a. Death by Hanging, in 8 top lists Check
  34. 34 +55

    Capricci

    1969, in 1 top list Check
  35. 35 +372

    Nostra signora dei turchi

    1968 — a.k.a. Our Lady of the Turks, in 3 top lists Check
  36. 36 +273

    Feu Mathias Pascal

    1925, in 2 top lists Check
  37. 37 +55

    The Cat and the Canary

    1927, in 5 top lists Check
  38. 38 +74

    Spalovac mrtvol

    1969 — a.k.a. The Cremator, in 12 top lists Check
  39. 39 +525

    Visual Training

    1969, in 1 top list Check
  40. 40 +525

    Viva la muerte

    1971 — a.k.a. Long Live Death, in 2 top lists Check
  41. 41 +272

    The Liberation of the Mannique Mechanique

    1967, in 1 top list Check
  42. 42 +404

    De werkelijkheid van Karel Appel

    1962 — a.k.a. The Reality of Karel Appel, in 1 top list Check
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    Aos

    1964, in 1 top list Check
  44. 44 -24

    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. An Andalusian Dog, in 25 top lists Check
  45. 45 +141

    Fingerübung

    1968, in 1 top list Check
  46. 46 +97

    Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

    1972 — a.k.a. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, in 21 top lists Check
  47. 47 +109

    Spiste horisonter

    1950 — a.k.a. Eaten Horizonts, in 1 top list Check
  48. 48 +109

    Tabeta hito

    1963, in 1 top list Check
  49. 49 +37

    Le cadeau

    1961 — a.k.a. The Present, in 1 top list Check
  50. 50 +50

    La cloche

    1964, in 1 top list Check