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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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12 December 2001 (USA) 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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A wonderfilm film
16 September 2003 | by davidbornoffSee all my reviews

Much like Prousts "A la recherche du temps predue" Mekas's, "brief glimpses of beauty" is a refleciton on the years of his life past as seen through the eyes of a man who is percieving his own death. Mekas beautifully edits together the scraps of film that fell to his cutting room floor while he was working on projects he "percieved" as important, not realizing that what was truly important were the deatils that he missed, that he left out in favor of the shot in focus, the shot in composition. He strings together these family films of his children, his wife, his friends, New York during a lightning storm, all while narrating the film from what seems to be "His Death Bed." This film is by far one of the more touching, more emotional films I have ever seen. It is an homage to life as much as it is a recognition that beauty lies in the places we least expect it and as we walk we may occasionally catch brief glimpses of it, if we are lucky enough to have our eyes that wide open.

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