Unimpressed by a film we were seeing at PFA, my friend and I left during the middle, went home and watched this. It was beautiful. Also known as "Walden", you can see it on UBU. Stop the action anywhere for a beautiful still photograph. Brilliant. Jonas Mekas' reputation as "The godfather of American avant-garde cinema" is well-deserved.
Probably the most accessible example of avant-garde, as well as a great inspiration for aspiring filmmakers. It's a reminder of how many options there are to explore after freeing yourself from the inevitable restraints that come with convention. Mekas' film is personal, perceptive, and to a devotee of the counter-culture, downright interesting. I would imagine filming your own cinematic diary would be an experience.
the primordial and best diary film ever in an age when it's theoretically so simple to do this no one has done an epic of snapshots and lyrical poems and daily missives better than Mekas and better than this masterpiece of personal cinema
"I am searching for nothing and I am happy" repeats Mekas, summing up his ability to mesmerize the audience with a 3 hour diary. With a nuanced use of various frame rates, constantly forcing the viewer absorb/experience "in between the frames", rather than the literal picture, paralleled with a sense of natural rhythm and a world defined in kodachrome Mekas has crafted (as cliche as it sounds) life itself on film.
Mekas, en su diario, rodeado de toda su generación cultural. Son una serie de rostros, grupos de conversación o debate, encuentros con mentores como Carl T. Dreyer. Hay una búsqueda por revelar el lado comprometido. El director gusta además de atrapar el círculo íntimo, sea el familiar o amical. La congregación es una debilidad de este documental. Espacios que giran en torno a interacciones humanas. Diario colectivo.