Devotional Cinema: Films by Nathaniel Dorsky

Recently preserved by PFA, Hours for Jerome is described by the filmmaker as “an arrangement of images, energies and illuminations from daily life. These fragments of light revolve around the four seasons: Part One is spring and summer, Part Two is fall and winter.” (1980–82, 57 mins @ 20 fps, PFA preservation print). In Pneuma the images come from outdated film stock processed without being exposed. Dorsky writes, “A world is revealed that is alive with the organic deterioration of film itself, the essence of cinema in its before-image, preconceptual purity.”

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