A blending of documentary and experimental narrative strategies, combining stunning 16mm landscape cinematography with a bold, lyrical voice-over to share two San Francisco stories: the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as "suicide landmark," and the story of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching for love and self-discovery. The Joy of Life is a film about landscapes, both physical and emotional. Written by
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Living in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge for me is a ubiquitous reminder of what's best and worst in this world. On the one hand it stands as a triumph of engineering and spectacular art deco design. On the other hand it's a terrifying, almost apocalyptic structure - a man-made steel cliff that serves as a virtual end of the earth for the desperate souls wanting to leave this world with a flourish. Or as Jack Kerouac more poetically phrases it, "ole' Frisco with end of land sadness."
Referenced in The Royal Road
The Coastline Rag
Composed by Weldon Kees See more