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349 Ratings

A Movie

Directed by Bruce Conner
United States, 1958
Short, Avant-Garde


The singular title of Bruce Conner’s A Movie positions this avant-garde short as though it were a prototypical example for the entire medium.

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A Movie Directed by Bruce Conner

Critics reviews

Conner changed the cinematic equation the first time he picked up (or rather, didn’t pick up) the camera. Every image in A Movie’s twelve-minute assemblage, except for the title card (“A Movie by Bruce Conner”), is secondhand—culled from newsreels, travelogues, stag films, and academy leaders. A Movie is—as Umberto Eco famously wrote of Casablanca in his essay on cult films—not one movie but The Movies.
July 15, 2016
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