SAT, SEPT 17, 7p:
WORLD PREMIERE of the
new dual screen reconstruction!
A special event presented by
Obsolete Media Miami and MBC
Directed by VINCENTE MINNELLI
1945/dual screen reconstruction 2016/48 mins.
With Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason
With curator Bruce Posner in person and film critic David Thomson in discussion via Skype
In 1978, America’s premier film critic David Thomson (The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies) livened up a Dartmouth College film class with an ingenious 2-screen projection of Vincente Minnelli’s The Clock (1945) that simultaneously ruptures and enraptures the viewers take on Hollywood, Judy Garland, and all that is awe-inspring to us in the movies. A 16mm print was split into equal halves and played forwards and backwards at the same time in a side-by-side format, where the end meets the beginning in the middle. The visual-aural surprises play well today in the newly restored digital version produced by Bruce Posner in concert with The Department of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College.
In an interview with culture critic Griel Marcus in 2012, Thomson explains:
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an audience so excited. People were literally bouncing up and down in their seats. It made us all children again. This was a class of bright kids at Dartmouth. Everyone could see some of the implications and the consequences in it; could see what it was teaching us about narrative and shots because all films are certain shots.”
-Read the entire interview here
The film reconstruction will be preceded by the short film
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF 9413 –
A HOLLYWOOD EXTRA
Directed by Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich/1927/14mins.
with new music 2016 by Alex Lough and Carlos Dominguez.
Obsolete Media Miami (O.M.M.) is an experimental art studio establishing a picture and moving image archive and resource for artists, designers, filmmakers, researchers and writers. A Dacra underwritten project, O.M.M. is located in the Madonna Building in Miami’s Design District and was launched in 2015 by artists Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer with support from a Cannonball Miami and Andy Warhol Foundation grant. In December 2015, O.M.M. won a Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge grant.