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.
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.
"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.
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.