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George Dumpson's Place (1965)

Unrated | | Short, Documentary
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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During one shot inside Dumpson's house, the camera operator is visible in a mirror. See more »

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I'm not sure how this one made the collection...
12 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the final film from the third DVD from the "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)" set. It consists of a rather faded 16mm print of a tour through the collection of an old guy living in the woods (Dumpson). To me, he seemed like a crazy old hoarder and I really can't see the significance of the film historically speaking--though I am sure psychologists would be fascinated by this bizarre man who lived a rather schizoid life (by schizoid I mean that he had no real desire to interact with others and just 'did his thing' in a tumble-down shack in the woods). I just can't see how a film about a junk collection is important to preserve.

The film is accompanied by a slow jazz score done by guitar and bass and is filmed in color. There is no narration or narrative, though I must admit a few of the shots did appear rather artsy for such a cheap looking film. At just under eight minutes, it sure felt like 30, as it dragged and dragged. It's also impossible to really rate this sort of film.


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