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As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

Directed by Jonas Mekas
United States, 2000
Documentary
  • English
  • English

Synopsis

The film diaries of Jonas Mekas, 1970-1999, shot on jittery, mellow 16mm color-reversal stock. Footage of daily life, fragments of happiness and beauty, trips to France, Italy, Spain, Austria. Seasons of the year as they pass through New York. A celebration of life, nature, friendships, feelings.

Our take

Avant-garde pioneer Jonas Mekas’ epic film diary is a towering monument to intimacy, memory, and art making. Through animated handheld camerawork and in-camera editing, Mekas warmly captures a cohort of artist friends (Warhol! Brakhage! Paik! Ginsberg!), and brief yet exquisite moments of beauty.

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty Directed by Jonas Mekas

Critics reviews

Few films have so poignantly embodied André Bazin’s notion of cinema as “time mummified,” as a thing that lives and breathes and dies. . . . As I Was Moving Ahead… operates as one extended flashback, with memories unanchored from their context, and leaps in time rendered almost irrelevant and indistinguishable by the uniformly granular, discolored look of the 16mm stock.
November 17, 2017
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The film plays like a box of photographs overturned, mixed around, and then tossed into the air. Meanwhile the filmmaker’s voiceover, often recorded decades after the footage it accompanies, somewhat undercuts the radical-ness of the randomness by underscoring his purpose.
October 09, 2015
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