Francis LEE

Nationalité américaine

"Francis Lee began experimenting with abstract animation in 1939, completing 1941 before going to war. After World War II, he made several more pioneering films, including LE BIJOU (1946), before returning to painting. In the 1960s/70s he worked again as a cameraman and animator on THE BLACK FOX (1962) and experimental videos." - Jan-Christopher Horak

"Francis Lee was taken to New York from Sicily as a child and began to work in experimental film in 1939 with a movie camera and editing equipment he bought with a small inheritance. In World War II he joined the infantry and, assigned as a combat cameraman, shot some 500,000 feet of film. Thirty years later, he retrieved much of that film and fashioned it into a 20-minute documentary. After the war he worked as a commercial filmmaker and taught at New York University.” - The New York Times

"Francis Lee lives in New York City and teaches experimental film and animation at the New York University Graduate Motion Picture School. A painter adn photographer, Francis was one of the early pioneers of the experimental film field. His first three films - 1941, LE BIJOU and IDYL - are acknowledged classics of this genre. Writing in The Village Voice on these films, Jonas Mekas commented, 'Their beauty is unique and real, adn their place int he early American avant-garde film is unchallengeable. Of course, they reflect the leading styles and preoccupations in art at that period, and particularly early abstract expressionism and later (American) Surrealism.'" - Los Angeles Filmforum Program Notes, 1977


1983 / 35mm / n&b / sonore / simple écran / 6' 33 / 25 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur
1941 / 16mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 4' 20 / 28 €
distribution : DCP sur serveur ou Fichier sur serveur