Born in New York in 1939, Peter Emanuel Goldman is an important, yet mostly unknown, filmmaker of American cinema. Echoes of Silence - a movie with no dialogue - was shot in 1964 on a small budget in Greenwich Village, following three wandering young men. Banned in France and Italy, it nevertheless won the special prize at Pesaro Film Festival in 1966, awarded by a jury including Godard, Bellochio and Bertolucci. While Wheel of Ashes revisits themes similar to those of its predecessor, Saint-Germain des Pres replaces the New York neighbourhood, dialogue enters into the silence, and our hero pursues a quest for love.
"Every one of the Americans we really admire got his start in film at an early age ... When Hawks got his start, he was Goldman's age now. Goldman's all by himself ... There are going to be more great American movie-makers. They've already got Goldman, Clarke, Cassavetes." - Jean-Luc Godard, Cahiers du Cinema 1967
"An extraordinary black and white film shot in Paris in 1968, Wheel of Ashes is a film that haunts you long after you have left the cinema. Goldman is really a forgotten genius." - Henri Sera, Theiapolis Cinema
"Pierre Clementi is sensational. He's not acting: he's living his part. Diaphanous, plagued by an inner fire, his cheeks hollow, he is in close communion with the filmmaker and his quest. Just as in Echoes of Silence, Goldman's vision brings us beyond the image into a world of palpitations and callings." - Jean-Louis Bory, Le Nouvel Observateur, 1971
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36 page bilingual French-English booklet by Emeric de Lastens.