An Evening with Ernie Gehr
Monday, October 29, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
1970. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. Carefully timed edits work with human persistence of vision as two perfectly framed shots of an office hallway metamorphose into a profound and otherworldly meditation on lines and squares. Preserved by MoMA in 35mm with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Silent. 23 min.
1991. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. The city of San Francisco, shot from within a glass elevator, seems to perform gravity defying acts through simple visual manipulation. 41 min.
Ernie Gehr discusses two structuralist masterpieces separated by twenty years—Serene Velocity (1970) and Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991)—and relates them to his interest in pre-cinema objects and the artists who invented a "cinema of attractions," as evidenced in Gehr's works in Panoramas of the Moving Image.
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