Be Sand, Not Oil

The Life and Work of Amos Vogel

Edited by Paul Cronin

Austrian Film Museum

Be Sand, Not Oil

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Pub Date: November 2014

ISBN: 9783901644597

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $32.50£27.00

Be Sand, Not Oil

The Life and Work of Amos Vogel

Edited by Paul Cronin

Austrian Film Museum

Amos Vogel was one of America's most innovative film historians and curators. An émigré from Austria who arrived in New York just before the Second World War, in 1947 he created Cinema 16, a pioneering film club aimed at audiences thirsty for work "that cannot be seen elsewhere," and in 1963 was instrumental in establishing the New York Film Festival. He later embarked on an ambitious teaching career, synthesizing decades of experience and directing his ideas towards students and, eventually, the wider public. In 1974 he published the culmination of his thoughts – along with an extraordinary collection of stills – in Film as a Subversive Art. On his death, the New York Times wrote that Vogel "exerted an influence on the history of film that few other non-filmmakers can claim." Be Sand, Not Oil is the first book about Vogel, and includes uncollected writings, an unpublished interview, and new essays documenting his never-ending quest for what Werner Herzog, his friend of many decades, has described as "adequate imagery."

An important new book.

The New Yorker

Shortlist – 2015 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for Best Moving Image Book

About the Author

Paul Cronin is the editor of Herzog on Herzog, Alexander Mackendrick's On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director, and Lessons with Kiarostami. He has made films on Amos Vogel, Peter Whitehead, and Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool.