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As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)

Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.


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Credited cast:
Jonas Mekas ... Himself / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Brakhage Jane Brakhage ... Herself (archive footage)
Stan Brakhage ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Breer Robert Breer ... Himself (archive footage)
Hollis Frampton Hollis Frampton ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Kubelka Peter Kubelka ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolfas Mekas Adolfas Mekas ... Himself (archive footage)
Oona Mekas ... Herself (archive footage)
Sebastian Mekas Sebastian Mekas ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch ... Himself (archive footage)
Nam June Paik Nam June Paik ... Himself (archive footage)
P. Adams Sitney P. Adams Sitney ... Himself (archive footage)
Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)


Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

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Release Date:

12 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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As I Moved Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty See more »

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(12 parts)

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1.37 : 1
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"The ultimate Dogma movie before the birth of Dogma," is how its maker, Jonas Mekas described it. See more »


[first lines]
Jonas Mekas: I have never been able, really, to figure out where my life begins and where it ends. I have never, never been able to figure it all out, what's all about. What it all means. So when I began, now, to put all these rolls of film together, to string them together, the first idea was to keep them chronologic. But then I gave up, and I just began splicing them together by chance, the way that I found them on the shelf, because I really did not know where any piece of my life really ...
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Both Sides Now
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Judy Collins
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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With words of Jonas Mekas
9 October 2019 | by eminklSee all my reviews

As I Was Moving Ahead is a record of people's subtle feelings, emotions, everyday joys as recorded in the voices, faces, and small daily activities of people I've met, or lived with, or observed- something I've been recording for years. In contrast to the spectacular, entertaining, sensational, dramatic activities that dominate a great deal of contemporary filmmaking. All this now has to do with my understanding and conviction of what acts really affect the positive changes in man, society, humanity.I am interested in recording the subtle, almost invisible actions, experiences, feelings as opposed to the harsh, harsh, loud, violent activities and political actions of our time and, in particular, the political systems of our time.

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