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The Cut Ups (1966)

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The savage deconstruction of the relationship between image and reality. "Yes, Hello?", "Look at that picture," "Does it seem to be persisting?", "Good. Thank you".

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Antony Balch
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The savage deconstruction of the relationship between image and reality. "Yes, Hello?", "Look at that picture," "Does it seem to be persisting?", "Good. Thank you".

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Do you see the picture?
5 November 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

This is the zenith of Burroughs's collaborations with Antony Balch. The visuals are a mix of footage of Burroughs wandering New York, Brion Gysin working on paintings, and miscellaneous nonsense images. The audio is the real feature here ... Burroughs and Gysin recite variations on "Yes", "Hello", "Thank You", "Look at the picture" and "Does it seem to persist?" in various combinations for 20 minutes. The topic is Gysin's Dream Machine (which is pictured briefly), but really, the experience is a sort of trance inducing meditation on how these words evolve and devolve into nonsense. I expect people with either adore or despise it. I could watch it for hours.


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