Friday, February 20, 2009

Pat O'Neill

The Pat O'Neill films at the Walker were really great tonight. Intellectually stimulating, layered, beautiful, challenging, and entertaining... he's a filmmaker who clearly thinks a lot about the arbitrary linkage between images, and between image and sound, and about how these relationships can work or break down.

Some very funny moments too-- lots of hilarious excerpts from educational films and the like. Not sure if the source here was original or lifted from another piece, but one of my favorite elements was audio of someone reading excerpts of a screenplay aloud. What a compelling device, and a fertile form of cinematic appropriation: quoting the language that generated a piece of cinema in the first place. Interesting...

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