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California Trilogy (DVD)


by James Benning

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Produced at the junction of two millennia, the California Trilogy is James Benning's three-part topographical study of America's Golden State. Looking to the past while investigating the present, the mathematician-turned-filmmaker condenses three distinct Californian landscapes into a total of 105 shots, each exactly 2 minutes long. Formal restraint and compositional precision combine with ambient sound and an unheard social commentary to create a hypnotic journey across the 31st US State; from the Great Central Valley (El Valley Centro) through greater Los Angeles (Los) to the Californian wilderness (Sogobi). This 2-disc set presents the complete California Trilogy for the first time ever on DVD.

This double DVD contains:

  • El Valley Centro, 1999, 87 min
  • Los, 2000, 87 min
  • Sogobi, 2001, 87 min

All Edition Filmmuseum DVDs are strictly for private home use. Please contact Osterreichisches Filmmuseum directly for screening rights.

  • 16 page bilingual German-English booklet, with texts by Oliver Hanley, Claudia Slaner and James Benning.
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    SKU 2100000027798
    Product contents 2 discs
    Year 1999-2001 (DVD 2012)
    Director Benning, James
    Format DVD
    Publisher(s) Edition Film Museum
    Countries USA
    Colour Colour
    Running time 261 min
    DVD region 0, PAL
    Certificate N/a
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