Containing Multitudes Since 2004
I can't count the number of times I've seen this particular image, yet I've never seen the actual film it's from. Seems to be a powerful icon for the early experimental film movement, while the film itself seems relatively inaccessible. Weird.
I finally got to see "Meshes of the Afternoon" about 4 years ago when the Sundance Channel ran it, along with a number of other avant-garde American films from the 40s, 50s and 60s as part of some month-long festival they were doing (I may even still have a copy of it). Like you, I'd seen images from it, but the film itself never came within my orbit . . . and I'd seen a lot of that stuff over the years. It's a damn good piece of filmmaking; sort of what a Cocteau film shot in L.A. would look like.
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