Conner’s A MOVIE (1958) serves as the point of departure for a trio of earlier films that laid the foundation for a cameraless cinema. “We do not need a factory of facts if it is to manufacture facts,” wrote Soviet filmmaker Esfir Shub regarding her vision for a model of cinematic production that would transform existing film material as opposed to producing new images. In a remarkably different context and toward delightfully distinct ends, Conner was in some sense a keen observer of her dictum. With films by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, Esfir Shub, and Joseph Cornell.
Program approx. 120 min.
A MOVIE. 1958. USA. Directed by Bruce Conner. 12 min.
Ballet mécanique. 1924. France. Directed by Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy. 19 min.
Rose Hobart. 1936. USA. Directed by Joseph Cornell. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives. 19 min.
Fall of the Romanov Dynasty. 1927. USSR. Directed by Esfir Shub. 86 min.