Original 1905 film shot and probably directed by G.W. ‘Billy’ Bitzer, rescued via a paper print. Reverently examined here, a new movie almost incidentally comes into being. The staging and cutting is pre-Griffith. An inspired indication of a path of cinematic development whose value has only recently been rediscovered. My camera closes in only to better ascertain the infinite richness, searching out incongruities in the story-telling, delighting in the whole bizarre human phenomena of story-telling itself and this within the fantasy of reading any bygone time out of the visual crudities of film: dream within a dream!
And then I wanted to show the actual present of film, just begin to indicate its energy. A train of images passes like enough and different enough to imply to the mind that its eyes are seeing an arm lift, or a door close; I wanted to ‘bring to the surface’ that multi-rhythmic collision-contesting of dark and light two-dimensional force-areas struggling edge to edge for identity of shape... to get into the amoebic grain pattern itself - a chemical dispersion pattern unique to each frame, each cold still... stirred to life by a successive 16-24 f.p.s. pattering on our retinas, the teeming energies elicited (the grains! the grains!). (KJ)

Filmmaker
Ken Jacobs
Country
USA
Year
1969
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Length
115’
Language
Producer
Ken Jacobs
Sales
Ken Jacobs
Editor
Ken Jacobs