Sunday, 26 February 2012


"Anthony Stern's San Francisco is one of the key works of the British avant-garde cinema of the late-1960's. It is a 15-minute voyage, set to the Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive," that palpitates through the single-frame, hand-held procedures associated in the American underground cinema with figures such as Marie Menken and Jonas Mekas. Stern, first a painter who started in film as an assitant to Peter Whitehead, articulates light and colour and motion in the spirit of Lázló Moholy-Nagy (or of Harry Callahan's photographs of Detroit in the 40s); he stretches and stops and smears film time, treated here as psychoactive sculptural material"

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