in the grain

max goldberg writing on film

Month: February, 2015

Notes on Lewis Klahr at ATA

breakfasting at tiffany's

It’s difficult to disregard Audrey Hepburn, still more when she is sharing a cab with George Peppard, but Lewis Klahr wanted our eyes on the rear projection. Look, he said: cars were beautiful once; this is how New York was. Strange and wonderful that the documentary gift should come wrapped as a fake. It is a long scene, as long as a daydream. Klahr then showed his Green ’62, a portrait of street traffic in curved glass that proved once and for all that even the simplest actualité is not immune to memory.

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Dizzy Spells

Vertigo1

New article for the February Brooklyn Rail about three distinctive films made under the sign of Vertigo: Jenni Olson’s The Royal Road, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, and Mary Helena Clark’s The Dragon is the Frame.

daredevils

For those in the Bay Area, know that next week brings a visit from the wonderfully idiosyncratic writer and artist Stephanie Barber. She’ll be showing selections from her serial jhana and the rats of james olds at SF State on Thursday and then her recent feature DAREDEVILS at YBCA on Saturday. I wrote about the feature for Cinema Scope just about a year ago, and I still hear it whispering in my ear now and then.