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George Dumpson's Place (1965)

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Employing experimental techniques, Emshwiller magically moved through a collection of objects and artifacts in order to capture the spirit of George Dumpson and his backyard museum, as he ... See full summary »

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Employing experimental techniques, Emshwiller magically moved through a collection of objects and artifacts in order to capture the spirit of George Dumpson and his backyard museum, as he noted: "George Dumpson was a scavenger. He created a small universe with what he found and could carry on his homemade wagon. To me he epitomized the soul of the artist. He put together what things he could in such a way as to satisfy some inner need, just as I had to make this picture of him and his place." Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob2@earthlink.net>

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Anthology Film Archives. See more »

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The original music of the film was different - the film is extraordinary
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The original film circa 1963 shown in a NY film festival (I believe the NY Film Festival) had different music than the version released in 1965 which is the current viewable version. In the 1963 version (which won an award) the music was performed on a single classical guitar. I was 18 years old at the time when I composed and played the music for Ed Emshwiller's film. (Ed accidentally erased my tape recorded music shortly after its first showing at the film festival. The music was separate from the film in the first showing.) His film in my opinion is extraordinary. I cannot comment on the later music which I am sure is very different from mine. However, I believe that the film speaks with its own voice with or without the music. Even though I have not seen his film in over 40 years, the images still resonate in my mind. The camera floats through a man-made world that is imaginative, strange and at times beautiful.

By the way for those who need proof of my claim of an earlier version of the film, it is mentioned in the book "Film Composers in America: A Filmography, 1911-1970" by Clifford McCarty on page 97.


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