by Francis THOMPSON
1948-1958 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 15' 36
“Eight years in the making, Francis Thompson created an abstract riff on NYC that’s “a touch Cubist and a touch Dadaist.” Although immediately cited by Aldous Huxley as new form of visionary art,” the film originals sat under Francis’ bed for nearly 30 years.
The experience remains an exquisite time capsule that not only documents Manhattan during the 1950s but also, in the words of the New York Times, proffers 'one of the few genuine masterpieces' of the burgeoning experimental film movement in the United States.
Prismatic and distorted, Francis Thompson shot the vibrant fractured images with a Kodak Ciné-Special camera specially rigged with 'secret' mirrors, kaleidoscopes and even reflective car hubcaps. His objective was to create 'a complete and carefully integrated film using precisely controlled camera distortion in a dramatically unfolding structure.' — Bruce Posner
Preserved by Bruce Posner and Anthology Film Archives at Cineric, Inc. and Trackwise from 16mm camera originals and 35mm composite prints provided by Francis Thompson, mastered from preservation negative and digitized soundtrack.
Production assistance D.A. Pennebaker
Music by Gene Forrell
Courtesy: Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970
|distribution format||Digital file on server (HD)|
|screen||16/9 (single screen)|
|rental fee||60,00 €|