The white pony
An astonishing piece, inasmuch as it simultaneously fails to either understand art or explain the material conditions that lead to a "decline of beauty" in the twentieth century. Filled with grasps at tenuous narrative (e.g. ignoring the fact the fact that most pieces of what we would consider classical beauty in a Renaissance style were held privately and not seen by the public) and willful ignorance of the development and considerations of beauty and art in non-Western cultures (or indeed,…
Norman McLaren has become one of my favorite filmmakers; this collaboration with Maurice Blackburn is one of his better films, and additionally a fantastic doorway into his body of work. It's a classic example of the rule-and-iteration based processes of modern art, and McLaren marries it perfectly to the aesthetic criteria of cinema -- it's compelling as a piece of art both in visual and in audio, as the best post-silent cinema tends to be.
As I was watching this,…
It took me years to find this DVD and then I found it on a website called DVDLady and it took three weeks to get an unmarked DVD in an unmarked DVD case from Israel in a Tyvek envelope. It was a film that was meandering but beautiful and has a great soundtrack and would be well-served by a restoration. I can't say that I have this movie ripped and shareable so I am not saying that. I can't say that you can ask me about it so don't ask me about it is what I have to say about it.