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September 1, 2008

Response to films viewed at the Walker

I have some fairly strict views on the use of film, and therefore strongly disliked some of the films we watched at the walker. The first two exemplify this point perfectly. The myrad of clips thrown at the viewer in Bruce Conner’s A Movie and Breakaway. They both have some effect as an artistic statement, but their incoherency greatly deminishes this effect. The third film, Absense Stronger Than Presence, succeeeded at some length in telling a story, but the chopped up and overlayed effects throughout made the film difficult to understand and follow. The final two films had much less of this sort of editing trickery, using instead a much more direct form of biographical storytelling that was, in my opinion, more effective than in the first three films.