Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 8pm
Echoes of Silence
Introduced by Jonas Mekas
Echoes of Silence, Peter Emmanuel Goldman, 16mm, 1965, 75 mins
"Peter Goldman is the most exciting new filmmaker in recent years. Echoes of Silence, his first film, is a stunning piece of work." - Susan Sontag
"Desperate sexuality, desperate emotions; every gesture and inflection an act of grave import; a film of young adults, infused with a new existentialist humanism, devoid of certainty or illusion. The sharp contrast and graininess of the still indicate the film's distance from slick commercial cinema. A major new talent." - Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art
"His people come to life simply and believably - more believably than most of the people in the Chabrol and Truffaut cinema...the film has a thematic and formal beauty that is remarkable." - Jonas Mekas, Movie Journal
"All the American film-makers we admire came into the cinema young. Now they're old but no one's taking their place. When Hawks started out he was the same age as Goldman and Goldman is alone...There will be other great American film-makers (there's already Goldman, Clarke and Cassavetes)." - Jean-Luc Godard, Cahiers du Cinema
Peter Emmanuel Goldman's rarely screened debut, an underappreciated landmark of the New American Cinema, chronicles the lives of twenty-somethings adrift in New York City, finding tremendous pathos in the smallest moments: a furtive glance across a museum gallery, girls putting on makeup, a stroll beneath the pulsing lights of Times Square marquees. Composed with a lo-fi purity and bereft of diegetic sound, its shadowy images of youthful flaneurs are paired with evocatively hand-painted title cards and a dynamic soundtrack drawn from the artist's LPs that, when combined, conjure up a ballad of sexual dependency like none other.
Gene Youngblood on Goldman in the Los Angeles Free Press (February, 1968).
Tickets - $6, available at door.