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Jack Goldstein

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1975

Not on view

Date
1975

Classification
Film

Medium
16mm film, color, sound, 2 min.

Accession number
2003.220

Edition
7/10

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Film and Video Committee and the Director's Discretionary Fund

Rights and reproductions
© Courtesy the estate of Jack Goldstein and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Colonge

Jack Goldstein was especially drawn to Hollywood movies, captivated by their combination of magic, convention, and sometimes hollow spectacle. He often expressed this fascination in paintings: elegant Photo Realist displays of the light and grandeur of the silver screen. But in M-G-M, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion tosses its head back and growls on a continuous loop for two minutes. In Goldstein’s treatment of this ubiquitous cinema trademark, the lion’s roar stretches into an almost neurotic repetition. We can also see something that is almost imperceptible in the original: the footage of the lion moves partly in reverse. In making the deception apparent by repeating the footage’s back-and-forth motion, Goldstein invites us to reflect on the cyclical nature of the movie industry–for example, the endless recycling of Hollywood stories.




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