From the Notebook of . . . Plus a Few Favorite Films
The centerpiece of this program, Robert Beavers’s From the Notebook of . . . , is a masterful work of structural harmony, binary oppositions, and self-reflexive form.The title refers to Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook and to the filmmaker’s own written observations on filmmaking techniques. Gloriously shot and edited, the film is simultaneously introspective and engaged in understanding the world. Beavers will also present three of Harry Smith’s handcrafted, animated Early Abstractions; Gregory J. Markopoulos’s Ming Green, a sensuous color study of space; and Ute Aurand’s Am Meer, filmed while walking on the island of Hidensee. Aurand uses fast, improvised camera movement and editing rhythms that rhapsodize with nature.
Films in this Screening
Harry Smith, United States, 1946—52
Nos. 2, 5, and 7
Gregory J. Markopoulos, United States, 1966
From the Notebook of...
Robert Beavers, Italy, 1971, 1998
Ute Aurand, Germany, 1995