The New York Review of Books
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