30 September 2013
Film: ROBERT FROST: A LOVER’S QUARREL WITH THE WORLD (dir. Shirley Clarke, 1963, U.S.) and EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER (Thom Anderson, 1974, U.S.)
Forum: Gene Siskel Film Center Format: 35mm
Observations: These were paired as part of the annual travelling program of UCLA restorations. The program typically focuses on silent and Golden-Age sound features, but often works in worthy non-fiction movies as well. The Shirley Clarke film, a government commission work, makes for an elevating (if middlebrow) historical document of Frost in his late career as a public figure. Thom Anderson, among the finest active filmmakers in the U.S., assembled this early, captivating one-hour essay from the historical documents of Eadweard Muybridge. He was a pioneering photographer whose “zoopraxiscope” presaged the eventual invention of motion pictures (though, as Anderson is at pains to point out, it was not itself a motion picture technology). Astounding film. About 100 or so in attendance.