A MOVIE, 1958, 16mm, b&w/sound, 12 min
A MOVIE is Bruce Conner’s first and best-known film. Comprised of discarded 16mm films purchased at flea markets or scavenged from camera shops, A MOVIE is a landmark work in American experimental cinema and is widely regarded as the first contemporary found footage film. Here Conner orchestrates a virtual symphony of disasters, car crashes, explosions, war, famine, as well as serene moments of grace—a tightrope act, a plane floating through clouds, light reflected on water—cut to Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome. Although seemingly random in its sequence of imagery, A MOVIE abstractly yet deftly moves the viewer through a wide range of human experience and emotion. The film was selected for preservation in 1991 by the United States National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.
Complimentary screenings will take place at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.