In his first 16mm film, Landow proposes that if we accept the reality offered to us by the illusion of depth on the flat plane of the screen, we can then assign reality to anything at will. A cinematic equivalent of the illusionistic portraiture of the Flemish painters.
George Landow (1944 – June 8, 2011), also known as Owen Land, was a painter, writer, photographer, and experimental filmmaker. He has also worked under the pen names Orphan Morphan and Apollo Jize.
According to film historian Mark Webber, Land made some of his first films as a teenager, and his later films, made mostly during the 1960s and 1970s, are some of the first examples of the “structural film” movement. Land’s films usually involve word play, and have been described by Webber as having humor & wit that separates his films from the “boring” world of avant-garde cinema.
His work is also known to parody the experimental & “structural film” movement, as featured in his 1975 film Wide Angle Saxon. His style of filmmaking is also inspired by Bertolt Brecht, educational films, advertising, and television, and employs devices used by such in his films to destroy any sense of “reality”, as exhibited in What’s Wrong With this Picture 1 and Remedial Reading Comprehension… read more