Nelson Sullivan Vol. 1

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A film by Nelson Sullivan.

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Before his death in 1989, New Yorker Nelson Sullivan was continually filming the people and events around him. He did not edit the films he made by holding out his arm, focusing the wide-angle lens on himself, wandering through the city, and commenting on what he saw all the while. He often let his camera illustrate what he found important to show us.

Through his camera the viewer is taken on a personal guided tour of his New York neighbourhood, cafés, the Chelsea Hotel and other places frequented by Nelson. Nelson’s camera mediates his conversations with his friends, many of whom are transvestites. They play up to the camera with the utmost grace, conscious of the fact that Nelson’s identity has been transferred to his camera.

Nelson Sullivan’s work reveals incredibly precocious “subjective” camera work (which has, since then, notably been taken up by television) and provides rare testimony to an extraverted gay way of life in New York that has only started to quiet down recently. More than ever, the form and content of Nelson’s films seduce the spectator.


Author(s) Nelson Sullivan
Format DVD9 zone 2 Pal Dolby 4:3
Year 1988, 1989
Language(s) English
Subtitles French
Runtime 114 min
Publisher Points de vue