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01 Goodbye in the Mirror: Storm De Hirsch
1964 | 80 min | B/W | 16mm
Close-Up Film Centre, London
Friday 16 September 2016 at 8pm
Launching our Film Programmes, in collaboration with Close-Up Film Center, London, we are delighted to present Storm De Hirsch's rarely screened Goodbye in the Mirror on a beautiful 16mm print, "A dramatic feature shot on location in Rome. Centred around the adventures and illusions of three girls living abroad, the film explores their restlessness and personal involvements in assuming the role of woman as hunter".
A founding member of The Film-Makers' Cooperative in New York, and praised by her contemporaries Jonas Mekas and Gregory Markopoulos, De Hirsch's deeply feminine oeuvre of experimental films has been largely ignored in canonical writings on avant-garde and underground cinema. De Hirsch's sole feature film, Goodbye in the Mirror is a discursive analysis of three women’s subjectivity and a contemplation on the philosophy of identity; embracing both formalism and pleasure, the film is a visual feast of experimentation, mesmerising in its ability to capture the phenomenon of apparent movement within the frame.
"From the beginning to the end of the film, the spectator's pleasure and understanding are enhanced on the same social filmic scale of that grand experimentalist Rossellini. Though the images in most films are easily forgotten, such is not the case with those of Goodbye in the Mirror. Best retained and rooted are the images and episodes of the turning streetcar; the central characters Maria and Marco; the sweeper; the scurrying nuns; the steps of the water supply tank (homage, perhaps, to Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon); the well-documented bathroom scene; the very amusing song 'I wish I was a fascinating Bitch'; the visual melodies as conceived in the walk episodes which alternate between one character and another; Marco's performance; the grapes being washed and the paper bag crumpled by the same two lovers. One is reminded that there is a sense of existence as in the famous Sous les toits de Paris by René Clair." – Gregory J. Markopoulos
Programmed by Arindam Sen
Goodbye in the Mirror
1964 | 80 min | B/W | 16mm
Directed by Storm de Hirsch, Louis Brigante | Produced by Storm de Hirsch | Written by Storm de Hirsch |
Cast Rosa Pradell, Franco Volpino, Diane Stainton, Barbara Apostal, Charlotte Bradley, Frederico Brook |
Music by Pola Chapelle, Norman Blagman, Jeffrey Menkes, Steward Robb Cinematography Giorgio Turi |
Edited by Storm de Hirsch, Louis Brigante
Storm De Hirsch (b. 1912 as Lillian Malkin in New Jersey, d. 2000 in New York)was a poet and seminal figure in 1960-70s American avant-garde film. Among others, De Hirsch’s films were presented during her lifetime in retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Anthology Film Archives, New York, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, and the Cannes Film Festival, France. De Hirsch’s works were also featured in “Thirty Years of American Cinema” at the Museum of Modern Art (1979), “Big As Life: An American History of 8mm Films”, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1999) and others. De Hirsch was also a founding member of the Film-maker’s Coop in New York.
Bio passage above from: http:// www.microscopegallery. com/?page_id=18074 (16th Sep 2016)
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