Jim McBride's ingenious puzzle movie presents itself as a cinema verite document--the attempt of a young filmmaker (L.M. Kit Carson) to put his life in order by recording it on celluloid (1967). The simulation is seamless (it's much more convincing than Woody Allen's Zelig), which produces some wonderful paradoxes--as when one of David's friends (Lorenzo Mans) criticizes the footage of his violent breakup with his girlfriend for looking like "a bad movie." Where most independent productions are founded on self-righteous claims of truth and honesty, McBride's film wittily observes that Hollywood has no corner on illusionism. Even the black-and-white, hand-held cinema still lies 24 times a second.
Theatrical Release: 1967 - International Filmfest Mannheim-Heidelberg
DVD Review: SecondRun DVD - Region 0 - PAL
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Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
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NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
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Girlfriend's Wedding (1:02:22)
I am unaware of the source of the meager existing production elements that this digital transfer is based on, but I can say that it was not put down progressively nor are there any optional subtitles appointed. Its independent roots do advocate a certain limited presentational charm that this dual-layered DVD certainly maintains. We are obviously referring to the quality of the impact rather than the technical glory of the film. So, although the feature is far from pristine - this DVD package is in perfect working order. Audio is, as expected for such a venture, weak and disparate at times, but as one can hope - it does the job. With a relatively short running time one might expect some insightful extra features - and SecondRun comes through in their usual competent style with relevant additions. First we have a second McBride film - My Girlfriend's Wedding and also an interview with the director. But better than those digital additions Jonathan Rosebaum's included liner notes essay succinctly cuts-to-the-chase and helps transform the film experience whilst evolving a tangible appreciation factor.
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991 and we strongly recommend the DVD!
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