Saturday, June 16, 1990

Saul Levine

Politics & Vision

Eye Gallery (now closed)

Boston filmmaker Saul Levine returns to San Francisco for the first time since 1984 with a major new film, Notes After Long Silence (1989). Levine’s body of regular and super-8mm films spans nearly 25 years, and is one of the most singular achievements of the American avantgarde. Uncompromising in content and as personal expression, Levine’s films confront the viewer with a radical experience few other films can match. Tonight’s overview of his work includes: Notes After Long Silence, “This angry topical riff on post-’68 America at first feels disjointed, arcane….Then the edits come faster and grow abrasive, the images more pointed…. A startling companion piece to Born on the Fourth of July, it’s also an anti-heroic corrective to Oliver Stone’s mythic posturing…” (Manhola Dargis, Village Voice); The Big Stick (1967/73); New Left Note (1968/82); Raps and Chants, Part 1 (1981); A Brennan Soll Columbusn’s Medina (1976/84). Total time: 78 minutes.