by Warren SONBERT
1978 / 16mm / color / silent / 1S / 22' 00

« Warren Sonbert described DIVIDED LOYALTIES as a film "about art vs. industry and their various crossovers". According to film critic Amy Taubin, "there is a clear analogy between the filmmaker and the dancers, acrobats and skilled workers who make up so much of his subject matter". In a lecture on film syntax at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1979, Sonbert elaborated upon his role as the film's omnipotent and omnipresent voice: "The job of editing is to balance a series of ambiguities in a tension-filled framework". Interpreting a multiple-shot sequence from DIVIDED LOYALTIES (in which a close-up of a Cézanne paiting is being cleaned), he elaborated that "the image of art naturally refers back to the artist-filmmaker, saying that art is both objective and merciless, the filmmaker being both callous and opportunistic... the artist is cool and detached, but the reason is to shake up and dirturb... art is being revealed in the causal link of images... nothing has a valid reality outside of the whole chain of images..." » – Jon Gartenberg


distribution format 16mm
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 86,00 €