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Beat Films (DVD)


by Christopher MacLaine

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"Dating from 1953, this may in fact be the first genuine beat film, profoundly inventive and advanced for its time. Maclaine outlook is bleak and his techniques are crude, creating a film which is deliciously inept, but glorious. One of cinema starkest evocations of the Cold War period and its effect on creative thought, situated in the beat milieu of 1950s San Francisco but speaking in direct terms to generations of lost souls." - Mark Webber

"With Maclaine, we are going back to the sources of the Beats; he was the filmmaker who chronicled the movement as it happened and created a center of one of the aspect the Beat myth eight years before the grand epic of 'Beat' became nationnally known with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. (...) I have seen The End more than fifty times, and there are moments when I still begin to tremble at the psychological blockages and outright terror of it. Unqestionnaly, it is Maclaine's masterpiece." - Stan Brakhage

This DVD contains:

  • The End, 1953, 35 min
  • The Man Who Invented Gold, 1957, 14 min
  • Beat, 1958, 6 min
  • Scotch Hop, 1958, 6 min

All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work are reserved. Unless authorized by the rights holder, no duplication, hiring, lending or public screenings are allowed. For institutional purchase please contact Re:Voir directly.

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SKU 3493551100584
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1953-58 (DVD 2011)
Director Maclaine, Christopher
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Re-voir
Countries USA
Colour Colour + B&W
Language(s) English
Running time 61 min
DVD region 0, PAL
Certificate N/a
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