FILM FORUM

BRUCE CONNER: The Art of Montage

November 10 & 23, 2010

Film Forum is proud to present two feature-length programs of the avant-garde, collage movies of Bruce Conner, beginning Wednesday, November 10.  When Bruce Conner (1933-2008) emerged from the 1950s San Francisco Beat scene with A MOVIE (1958), his groundbreaking found-footage collage, he changed forever the language of filmmaking in ways that have resonated as strongly with Hollywood movie-makers as with independents. Mixing footage of skydivers, earthquakes, car chases, deep-sea diving, B westerns, atomic explosions, his first film, like many of those to follow, critiques 20th century pop culture as it embraces and embodies it.

Conner has been hailed the father of the music video:  “MTV should have paid him royalties,” wrote Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. His brilliant collages play off against music as disparate as Ray Charles’s What I Say to Marilyn Monroe singing I’m Through With Love and the music of David Byrne & Brian Eno, Devo, Respighi, Patrick Gleeson and Terry Riley. Our two programs are a rare opportunity to see Conner’s near-complete body of film work, including the theatrical premiere of his final film, the elegant EASTER MORNING.

All films directed by Bruce Conner. 1958-2008. Program A is 75 minutes. / Program B is 70 minutes. Individual titles are 10 seconds to 36 minutes in length. Program made available through the Conner Family Trust.  Special thanks to Michelle Silva for her help in making this show possible.

 

PROGRAM A:  

COSMIC RAY
A MOVIE
THE WHITE ROSE
MARILYN TIMES FIVE
VIVIAN
TEN SECOND FILM
BREAKAWAY
MEA CULPA
TAKE THE 5:10 TO DREAMLAND
VALSE TRISTE
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
EASTER MORNING

PROGRAM B:

MONGOLOID
AMERICA IS WAITING
REPORT
CROSSROADS
LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS