Horizons (1973) by Larry Gottheim

Sunday, December 15, 1985, 8:00 pm

The Rural Landscapes of Larry Gottheim


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

Films: Fog Line (1970), 11 min.; Horizons (1973), 80 min.

Larry Gottheim’s early landscape films are exquisite portraits of Upstate New York marked by a rare visual lyricism and sensitivity to natural light. Horizons was Gottheim’s first attempt at a complex filmic structure, and began formal explorations which were continued in the later Elective Affinities series. “During the first viewing of Horizons, in London, I just looked at it, with my eyes all open and ablaze, and I found it very beautiful. Later… I found out about the complex web of image rhymes and correspondences in the film… During the Cooper Union screening… I was amazed that I could look at Horizons four times and not notice the magnificence of its color.” — Jonas Mekas