Noon to 4 p.m.
1980 United States. Directed by Mark Rappaport.
With Charles Ludlam, Michael Berg. "Rappaort's work
contains the playful allusiveness and reflexivity
found primarily in the European avantgarde.... The
fact that most of these actors came from stage rather
than screen heightens Impostors' theatrical tone." —
Film: LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD
1961, France and Italy. Directed by Alain Resnais.
Scenario by Alain Robbe-Grillet. With Delphine
Seyrig. In a large baroque palace, a man says that
the previous year he met a woman with another man who
is perhaps her husband. Is he lying or is she? This
does not matter in a film whose editing alternates
past, present and future, the real and imaginary,
without clearly demarcating any of these modes.
CHAIR: Roger C Schlobin, Purdue University
JAY ROTHBELL, reading "fOne-Shotf Beamish and His
(no biography available)
Session II, Wed. 4-5:30 p. m
1981 WHITNEY MUSEUM FILM EXHIBITION
6 FILMS by Stuart Sherman. 1979-80, United States.
FOUNTAIN/CAR, BASEBALL/TV, FLYING, HAND/WATER,
ROCK/STRING, ROLLER COASTER/READING. "I began
making drawings ... which I rendered more directly
in my performance 'spectacles'.... Recently,
through the medium of film, I have applied my
spectacle-vocabulary more broadly to the world at
large by utilizing diverse elements in the natural
environment. Each film demonstrates a complex
idea through a precise sequence of images...."
ON THE MARRIAGE BROKER JOKE AS CITED BY SIGMUND FREUD
IN WIT AND ITS RELATION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS, OR CAN
THE AVANT-GARDE ARTIST BE WHOLED? 1978-81, United
States. Directed by George Landow. "John Milton
(Kevin Anderson) recites his famous lines from
Comus, "How charming is divine philosophy..." and
then is reincarnated as a modern milquetoast of a
poetaster (Morgan Fisher) who recites an ode to
the sprocket hole. Two pandas (...a textual error,
the word "pander" was misread) run a shell game
... in an environment with false perspective....
Finally Sigmund Freud's own explanation is given
by a sleeper awakened by an alarm clock."
1979, United States. Directed by Robert Breer.
"...witty barrage of domestic imagery and eclectic
technique.... performers are mainly household
things: a fried egg floats off the
airplane flies out of a chair, an apple
produce a telephone which reconstitutes
Felix the Cat." — J. Hoberman.
LIFE DANCES ON. 1980, United States. Directed by
Robert Frank. "The films I have made are the map
of my journey through all this . . . living." —
DAVID KYLE, reading "Bug Killer in a Naked Society,"
a work in progress with alternate beginnings.
DAVID A. KYLE, science fiction fan,
illustrator, and publisher since 1933,
is one of
sf's "first fandom" and the continuator of E. E.
Doc Smith's Lensman series with Dragon Lensman the
first published. He has also produced A Pictorial
History of Science Fiction
Illustrated Book of Science
Fiction Ideas and
Dreams (1977), both "coffee-table" books on science
fiction, the first dealing primarily with its
history and the second with its dominant themes.
WILLIAM F. WU, reading "Wong's Lost
William F. Wu holds a Ph.D. in American Studies
from the University of Michigan. His first book
The Yellow Peril: Chinese Americans in American
Fiction, 1850-1940, was published last month. He
has published fantasy and science fiction in
Britain and Japan as well as the U.S.
NEIL 0L0N0FF, reading "The Closet."
Neil Olonoff, a native of Miami, ha
mostly in French and English magaz
story, "The Cats of Pere LaChaise,"
The Best Horror of the Year for 1981,
Karl Edward Wagner. As an American
resident of Brazil and Paris, he draws
settings in his horror stories. "The
contemporary American, though, and
appear in Fantasy Newsletter.