REMAINS TO BE SEEN: THE FILMS OF PHIL SOLOMON

Run Time: 73 min. | United States | Language: English

With Michael Sicinski and Phil Solomon

CINEMA 16 | SAT NOV 10 | 4:00 PM | Q&A

Houston-based film critic Michael Sicinski has selected this program of 16mm films and digital videos by the great experimental film artist Phil Solomon, who will join Sicinski for the screening and a conversation about his work. Following the program, join Sicinski and Solomon downstairs in the Cinema on the Verge Gallery (4411 Montrose) for an introduction to Solomon’s three-screen masterpiece, American Falls.

The Passage of the Bride (1978, 8 min.)
What’s Out Tonight Is Lost (1983, 8 min.)
The Secret Garden (1988, 20 min.)
Remains to Be Seen (1989, 17 min.)
Psalm 1: The Lateness of the Hour (2001, 10 min.)
Rehearsals for Retirement (2007, 10 min.)

In A Critical Cinema 5: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers, Scott MacDonald writes: “Solomon has explored the literal substance of film imagery with the optical printer, learning to tease emotional resonance frame by frame from the found materials he works on by means of a wide variety of optical and chemical manipulations. The resulting films can easily be read as elegies for the lives originally encoded on the celluloid, and for cinema itself … In Remains to Be Seen, the most pervasive metaphor is of a person in an operating room: the sights and sounds of the operating room are motifs that suggest the precariousness both of the person being operated on and, by implication, of the film image and cinema itself: it ‘remains to be seen’ how long ‘the patient’ will survive.”

And David Bordwell expresses his admiration for the filmmaker’s technique this way: “Solomon’s classics are unabashedly beautiful. The Secret Garden (1988) draws on children’s literature and film to present a dazzling image of paradise. James Cameron’s Avatar gives us glowing branches, but with the bland sheen of a Doré illustration. Who wouldn’t prefer Solomon’s radiant, evocative forest, created through optical printing distorted by lens aberrations?”

1978 - 2007
Category: Shorts
Screenings
Nov. 10, 2012
4:00 PM
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