Anna, a detached and diffident director, arrives in Germany to show her latest film; she checks into a hotel, invites a stranger to her bed, and abruptly tells him to leave. He asks her to ... See full summary »
A rhythmically edited alphabet composed of street and shop signs shot in New York City and other elements is gradually replaced by repeated seemingly abstract shots in this influential structuralist film.
Mekas seemingly attempts to re/de construct his life, splicing together apparently random snippets of home movies he shot over the past 30-odd years. Birthdays, Travels, Picknicks in Central Park, his daughters first steps, a parade in New York City, jumbled and bunched together, occasionally introduced or accompanied by short bits of rumination in written or spoken form. Mekas comments his own life (at least the parts he decided to show us), talks of friends and family and things past. And of his Faible for all things unimportant, which is the core of this work of life. In the end it's an hypnotic, melancholic piece of epic proportions, an Ode to the small wonders of life, those "glimpses of beauty".
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