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Bridges-Go-Round (1958)

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Essential, integral experimental work from the late 1950s is an incredible dance of montage and super-imposition starring none other than New York City's various bridges, transforming them ... See full summary »

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Essential, integral experimental work from the late 1950s is an incredible dance of montage and super-imposition starring none other than New York City's various bridges, transforming them into an urban jungle (jazz version) or an alien landscape (electro-acoustic version) Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@hotmail.com>

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3 May 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apparently, Shirley Clarke made this film using extra film footage she'd taken for several other short films. This one consists of images of various bridges superimposed on other images as well as images of bridges that have been colored with bright tones. It's all rather dreamy and difficult on the eyes and is accompanied by two different scores. Apparently, she had difficulty securing the rights to the first piece she chose (which used odd sci-fi sounding music), so she chose a jazz piece. Both are on the DVD ""American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 2"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird! So is this a film that the average person would watch and enjoy. Nope. I really can't see most people sticking with it. This isn't to say it's bad--but it certainly isn't something particularly enjoyable for most people. Worth seeing if you are really into avant garde films.


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