directed by Ken Jacobs
USA 2004


Ken says, 'The film is done; it weighed on me all those years.' But I wouldn’t take that for the last word. Maybe the only film I know that is Artaud: Monumental Song of Despair & Hope. Of epic proportions, incredibly complex in meanings. It’s an absolute masterpiece that will be seen differently by every viewer. The greatest found-footage film. No found-footage film can be made after this one; add to it Joseph Cornell, Bruce Conner, Julius Ziz, and Bill Morrison. A film that contains some of the most cinematic and grotesque film material from the first 100 years of commercial cinema.

Jonas Mekas

Theatrical Release: 21 May 2004 (New York)

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DVD Review: Ken Jacobs - Region 1 - NTSC

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Ken Jacobs

Region 1 - NTSC

1:48:12 (Disc 1) + 1:41:33 (Disc 2) + 1:40:03 (Disc 3)
+ 2:00:16 (Disc 4) = 7:10:04

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)
Subtitles English (optional)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Ken Jacobs

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: 5 April 2006



Comments This DVD was made by Ken Jacobs himself, with the help of technical collaborators of course. You can buy it at and it's worth every penny.

Some of the archival material in this film shows age, but I'm very glad about that, because it preserves history in the way Jacobs intended it. The original footage Jacobs shot in the 50s is in excellent condition and shows fine film grain and crisp b/w-cinematography.

The sound is simple mono and perfectly underlines the aural complexity of the film.

Inside the handsome digipack you'll find a little book and the four discs.

Let's make a long story short: this film is a major event in the history of poetic cinema and at the same time, it's highly political. The DVD of this masterpiece surely is one of the most important of this year.

 - C.P. Czarnecki



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