Examines the work of one of the central figures of the avant-garde from her first feature-length film in 1972, Lives of Performers, through Privilege (1990). The comprehensive study surveys critical reaction and includes Rainer's critical writings, photos, full biographical information, a complete filmography and bibliography. A valuable resource for students and instructors of critical studies in film, the book investigates dominant structural elements which enliven Rainer's filmic texts: her complex and disjunctive use of language, speech, repetition, interpolated texts, fragmentation, self-conscious camera movement, autobiography and the formulation of alternative narrative codes.
Shelley Green ( Ph.D., Bowling Green State University) is a film, media and cultural theorist working n the areas of independent film, women and film, national cinemas, television, video, popular genre and culture study. She has taught in the Departments of English at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. She currently teaches Film Studies in the University of Toledo's Department of Theatre, Film and Dance, and at the Center for Visual Arts and the Toledo Museum of Art.