Amos Vogel Atlas

Born in Vienna to a Jewish family, Amos Vogel emigrated to New York in 1938, where in the years following the Second World War he became one of the most influential figures in international cinema culture. As both founder and programmer of the groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16, he revolutionized film viewing habits under the motto Films You Cannot See Elsewhere, gathering the most diverse forms of cinema under one roof: avant-garde, agitation and animation, carefully selected feature films, exceptional documentaries and incredible ephemeral films. All that from a truly independent mind and spirit, immortalized in Vogel's revolutionary book Film as a Subversive Art, revered by generations of cinephiles and programmers.
Along with publishing a book on Amos Vogel (featuring a number of his own writings) in the FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen series, the Austrian Film Museum is responsible for a part of Vogel's private estate held in the Amos Vogel Library. Focusing on rarities from our own collection, the Amos Vogel Atlas film series is a continuation of his against-the-grain, multifarious thinking and part of a comprehensive research into his legacy.

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The individual programs at a glance:

Le 15/8, 1973, Chantal Akerman, Samy Szlingerbaum (Foto: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst)

12: Chantal Akerman and Samy Szlingerbaum

January 2023
Together, the five films of Akerman, Szlingerbaum, and Lehman display surprising parallels and deep contrasts: cinematic therapy.
King Kong, 1933, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

11: Of Apes and Humans

November 2022

The titular hero of King Kong (1933) is celebrated as a "curious monster" in Film as a Subversive Art. The fictional giant ape has remained a cinematic icon thanks to its timeless ambivalence.
Por primera vez (Zum ersten Mal), 1969, Octavio Cortázar

10: Medium & Event

September 2022

This chapter is dedicated to film's potential to produce cinematic events that activate viewers in hopes of changing the world and society.
Invocation of My Demon Brother, 1969, Kenneth Anger (Kadervergrößerung ÖFM)

9: Sound & Vision

July 2022

This Amos Vogel Atlas is dedicated to films using music and focuses on the short form.

Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943, Maya  Deren

8: Female Subversion Is Here to Stay

April 2022

This Amos Vogel Atlas will confront Maya Deren's avant-garde classics with films by Sabine Marte and Mara Mattuschka.
Slikovnica pčelara (Des Imkers Sammelalbum), 1958, Dušan Makavejev

7: Continuity

February 2022

We turn our focus to two of Vogel's very special passions: the subversive cinema of the 1960s/70s from Eastern Europe, and the diversity of culturally promoted French short films.
Anticipation of the Night, 1958, Stan Brakhage (Kadervergrößerung ÖFM)

6: Turning Points

May 2022

At the center are three films that represent key turning points in Amos Vogel's career.

Corazón del Tiempo, 2008, Alberto Cortés (Foto: IMCINE)

5: Viva Zapatista!

September 2021

Chapter 5 is dedicated to the revolutionary classics of Third Cinema, which Vogel counted among the central works of contemporary subversive cinema.
Shadows, 1959, John Cassavetes

4: City Lights

July 2021

Shadows by John Cassavates is the focus of two film programs that examine cityscapes and exemplify Vogel's visionary approach to cinema.
Un chien andalou, 1929, Luis Buñuel

3: The Surreal Experience

May/June 2021

Programs devoted to Surrealism, a decidedly subversive movement that remained important to Vogel throughout his life.
Amos and Marcia Vogel © Estate of Amos Vogel

2: For Marcia Vogel

April 2019

The achievements of Amos Vogel would have been unthinkable without his partner and fellow combatant Marcia. Chapter 2 was dedicated to her favourites.
A Study In Choreography for Camera, 1945, Maya Deren (Foto: Musée National d'Art Moderne)

1: Cinema 16 ...

December 2018

Two representative short film programs: one featuring films Vogel showed in Cinema 16 and another following in the spirit of his work.

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