Thursday, June 22, 1995

A Tribute to Warren Sonbert

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

One of San Francisco’s most widely shown filmmakers, Warren Sonbert was honored with a complete retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1994. The Cinematheque has premiered many of his recent films, but Sonbert’s earliest groundbreaking work has remained unseen in the Bay Area for years. Tonight we celebrate Warren Sonbert’s life and work with two early teenage films, Hall of Mirrors (1966) and Truth Serum (1967), as well as the seminal Carriage Trade (1968-72). “Like music, film operates in time: giving only so much in duration to absorb, read and digest before the new image triumphs over, reinforces, contradicts, plunges against or stares blankly at its predecessor. As in Proust or a house of cards each image functions as a resonance or reference to the others.” (WS)