An Artist’s Film Not Like the Others
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An Artist’s Film Not Like the Others

Ellen Berkenblit, film still from “Lines Roar” (2018), color, 12:21 minutes; a film by Ellen Berkenblit in collaboration with directors Mónica Brand and Francisco Lopez; original acore by Zeena Parkins; Zeena Parkins: Harps / Electronics / Tuning Forks; Ikue Mori: Electronics (all images courtesy The Drawing Center) I have long been indiscriminate, or nearly so, when it comes to movies about or by artists. I even like learning trivia about the many films I have seen, such as the fact that the photographer Edmund Teske, whose work appeared in Wallace Berman’s magazine Semina , did a cameo as an artist in the Vincent van Gogh biopic Lust for Life (1956), directed by Vincente Minelli, and later shot the cover of the Doors’ album, Waiting for the Sun (1968). I don’t know whether Teske’s appearance redeems Minelli’s film, but it sure doesn’t hurt to know there is something to look for should I wish to watch Lust for Life again, though I doubt I will. I remember seeing Painters Painting (1973), directed by Emile de Antonio, at a screening at Harvard shortly after it was released, which further convinced me that I had to move to New York City. Many […]

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