Thursday, March 25, 1999

Out of the Time Closet: The Long Form East Coast Formalism, 1969-1971

Program Three: Ernie Gehr's Still with Untitled: Part One, 1981

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

(See February 14 for Series Overview)
Still (1969-71, 55 min) uses static double exposure (shot with a static camera over the course of a year) to effect a unique synthesis of Lumiere documentary and Melies magic upon a common New York city street.” (J. Hoberman). Plus: a later city film, Untitled: Part One,1981 (1981) which choreographs brief details and random gestures isolated from a distanced crowd into a circular dance of simultaneous estrangement and community.