Walden

Re:Voir

A film by Jonas Mekas.

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Poet and hero of the American counter-culture, Jonas Mekas, born in Lithuania in 1922, invented the diary form of film-making. Walden, his first completed diary film, an epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s, is also a groundbreaking work of personal cinema.

“Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shoot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shoot nothing.... Walden contains material from the years 1964-1968 strung together in chronological order.”
Jonas Mekas

“Jonas Mekas’s films celebrate life. They rise up against the world’s overwhelming commercialism, attempting instead to revive the pleasures of friendship, a first snowfall or the return of Spring. Mekas’s genius stems from his generously including the viewer in his vision of the world, allowing us to (re)discover, in a simple image, the incredible force and necessity of poetry.”
Yann Beauvais

(DIARIES, NOTES AND SKETCHES)

1964-1969 / 16mm / color / 180min

DVD PAL Region 0

English with English / French / Lithuanian subtitles

Author(s) Jonas Mekas
Artist(s) Jonas Mekas, P. Adams Sitney, Tony Conrad, Carl Th. Dreyer, Velvet Underground, etc.
Format DVD PAL 4:3
Original format 16mm color
Year 1967
Subtitles English, French, Lithuanian
Runtime 180 min
Publisher Re:Voir Video, Potemkine Films

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