ECHOES OF SILENCE
Peter Emmanuel Goldman's rarely screened debut, an under appreciated landmark of the New American Cinema, chronicles the lives of twenty-somethings adrift in New York City, finding tremendous pathos in the smallest moments: a furtive glance across a museum gallery, girls putting on makeup, a stroll beneath the pulsing lights of Times Square marquees. Composed with a lo-fi purity and bereft of diegetic sound, its shadowy images of youthful flaneurs are paired with evocatively hand-painted title cards and a dynamic soundtrack drawn from the artist's LPs that, when combined, conjure up a ballad of sexual dependency like none other.
"It is not very often a new film-maker with so much promise comes on to the scene. There are several things that are good about Goldman. First, the mastery and feeling that he managed to put into his first work. Second, the freshness he is brining into the weakest part of the New American Cinema, the story cinema."
– Jonas Mekas, Village Voice, 1965
"Sometimes a film appear that is like no other... Filmed and edited with numbing suggestive force... each instant is felt so intensely that motion is practically melded into stillness itself... The film is beautiful and lyrical... a beauty that is inseperable from the despair of its people. - James Stoller, Moviegoer, 1966 Peter Goldman is the most exciting new filmmaker in recent years. Echoes of Silence, his first film, is a stunning piece of work."
– Susan Sontag
Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)
ECHOES OF SILENCE
Director, editor, photographed by: Peter Emanuel Goldman
Assistants: Joel Boyce, Riva Freifeld, Michael Sheridan
Cast: Miguel Charcour, Viraj Zelinka, Stasia Gelber, Jean-Frabçois Gobbi, Jacquetta Lampson, Astrid Spiegel, Bill Brach, Ellen Marcus, John Pope, Irwin Shapiro & Maria Van Everett
• 74 minutes
Director: Peter Emanuel Goldman
Assistant: Birgit Bogh Nielsen
Thanks: Bill Berlin, Sid Washer & Jim Gaffney
• 15 minutes
Total Running Time: 01:29:00
Language: English. French and German subtitles
Booklet Text: Peter Emanuel Goldman & Emeric de Lastens (Billingual French & English)
Published By: Re:Voir Video
Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)
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