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Guns of the Trees (DVD)


by Jonas Mekas

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"Four young people are trying to understand why their friend, a young woman, committed a suicide. A film made up of disconnected scenes weaving between past and present. The title of the film comes from a poem by Stuart Perkoff which tells that some young people felt (around 1960) that everything is against them, so much that even the trees in the parks and streets seemed to them like guns pointing at their very existence." - Jonas Mekas

"Guns of the Trees deals with the thoughts, feelings, and anguished strivings of my generation, faced with the moral perplexity of our times. Conceived as an episodic, horizontal film, there is no apparent direct story connection between one scene and the next. The scenes act like pieces of a larger, timed, emotional mosaic. Where the direct word, or the direct image, fails - when we come to more essential things - the indirectness of the poet will seize the essence and the truth." Jonas Mekas

"It is a bitter but lyric work. It is also revolutionary in form, being unlike, in its technique, anything you ever saw. It is a poster declaration, a manifesto. I regard Guns of The Trees as the most important film by far of the American 'New Wave." - Herman G. Weinberg, New York Film-Makers' Cooperative Catalogue n°6, 1975

"It may be one of the most personal and revealing films of the intellectual, beat and hip fringe of society of America today." - Gene Moskowitz, Cahiers du cinema, N°119, May 1961

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  • 31 page bilingual English-French booklet with texts by Jonas Mekas, Robert Temple, Alberto Moravia, Eugene Archer, Roger Ebert and Allen Ginsberg.
  • Bonus material: Shooting Guns, 1966, 4 min 30 sec
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SKU 2100000027781
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1962 (DVD 2012)
Director Mekas, Jonas
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Re-voir
Countries USA
Colour B&W
Subtitles French, German, Lithuanian
Language(s) English
Running time 75 min
DVD region 0, PAL
Certificate N/a
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