The mid-1970s saw James Benning's first feature films attract the attention of critics, establishing him as a representative of the "New Narrative Movement." In films like 11x14 and ONE WAY BOOGIE WOOGIE, he combines the structural analysis of image, sound and narrative with auto-biographical traces, as well as with an almost "classical" interest in composition, color, light and landscape.
This 2-disc set features 11x14 (1977), one of the central U.S. avant-garde films of the 1970s, in a restored version. Also included is Benning's recurring view of his hometown Milwaukee at three different points in time: ONE WAY BOOGIE WOOGIE (1978), 27 YEARS LATER (2005) and ONE WAY BOOGIE WOOGIE 2012. Documents of change and transience.
Benning's use of duration reflects his accord with Henry David Thoreau's passage from Walden, “No method nor discipline can supersede the necessity of being forever on the alert. What is a course of history, or philosophy, or poetry, no matter how well selected, or the best society, or the most admirable routine of life, compared with the discipline of looking at what is to be seen?"
Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0 (No Regional Code)
ONE WAY BOOGIE WOOGIE/27 YEARS LATER (US, 1978/2005)
Total Running Time: 04:43:00 (2 Discs)
Language: Without dialogue
Booklet Text: Barbara Pichler, James Benning (20 pages, in German and in English)
Published By: Edition Filmmuseum
Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping).
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