P. Adams Sitney  

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P. Adams Sitney (born August 9, 1944 in New Haven, Connecticut), is an historian of avant-garde film in the United States. He coined the term structural film.


He was educated in his hometown, at Yale University. He was a founder of Anthology Film Archives and, along with Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Ken Kelman, and James Broughton, served as one of the members of the Anthology Film Archives Essential Cinema film selection committee. He is currently Professor of the Council of the Humanities and Visual Arts at Princeton University.


In 1974, he wrote Visionary Film, the first major history of post-World War II American avant-garde filmmaking; revised editions of the book were published in 1979 and 2002. He is also the author of Modernist Montage: The Obscurity of Vision in Cinema and Literature (1992) and Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics (1995) and the editor of The Essential Cinema: Essays on the Films in the Collection of Anthology Film Archives (1975), Film Culture Reader (1970), and The Avant-Garde Film: A Reader of Theory and Criticism (1987).

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