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Séance Light Cone - Le BAL / December 4, 2018


A program by Light Cone and Le BAL

In the '50s, Dave Heath discovers New York and chooses Washington Square as a focal point. His experience of the city and the feeling of isolation in public spaces will be determining factors in the evolution of his photographic work. A frequent visitor to Greenwich Village, he immerses himself in the political and cultural context of the era, where the first signs of an underground cinema – figurative without being narrative – begin to emerge. This very questioning of cinematographic conventions is explored in this series by way of two themes dear to Dave Heath: the city and solitude.

Cinéma des Cinéastes 7, avenue de Clichy – 75017 Paris
Entrance : 9,50 euros / 7,50 euros (reduced rate)
Screening + entrance for Dave Heath's exhibition at le BAL: 11,50 euros (grouped tickets available for purchase only at Le BAL)


Tuesday December 04, 2018, 20:00

The Glorious Thirties, consumerism, the Vietnam War, civil rights battles... Cinema becomes a sounding box of the era and, in the vein of the New Wave, examines a society doubtful of itself. Within 10 years of each other, Stan Brakhage and Robert Frank film boredom and frustration over the course of a party or a day, while Jack Smith, in one of his very first films, articulates the constraints of the urban space with a dance in a vacant lot hindered by wire rope. The constrained staging of bodies and their difficult interaction is taken to the next level in the face-to-face proposed by Stephen Dwoskin. In turn, Standish Lawder compellingly and humorously brings into play the kind of solitude born from anonymity, in a film that Jonas Mekas has called "one of the strongest and grimmest comments upon the contemporary society that cinema has produced."

by Robert FRANK
1963 / Video / b&w / sound / 32' 00
1954 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 6' 48
by Jack SMITH
1959-1962 / 16mm / color / sound / 3' 00
by Stephen DWOSKIN
1964 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 14' 00
by Standish LAWDER
1969-1970 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 11' 00


address Cinéma des Cinéastes
7, avenue de Clichy
75017 Paris
metro Place de Clichy
tel 01 53 42 40 20
email lightcone@lightcone.org
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rates reduced rate: 7.50 €
full rate: 9.50 €
screening & exhibition at LE BAL: 11.50 €