Thursday, March 5, 2009

Nathaniel Dorsky: Three Songs

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The films of Nathaniel Dorsky blend a beauteous celebration of the sensual world with a deep sense of introspection and solitude. They are occasions for reflection and meditation on light, landscape, time and the motions of consciousness. Their effulgent photography emphasizes the elemental frisson between solidity and luminosity, between spirit and matter, while his uniquely developed montage permits a fluid and flowing experience of time. Dorsky’s films reveal the mystery behind everyday existence, providing intimations of eternity. The latest films of this master filmmaker (Song and Solitude, Winter and Sarabande) continue his development of these profound traditions. (Steve Polta)

Bill Berkson is a poet and critic who lives in San Francisco and New York. His latest book is PORTRAIT AND DREAM: NEW & SELECTED POEMS (Coffee House Press, 2009).

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