In his 2003 treatise Devotional Cinema, Nathaniel Dorsky writes that “the more film expresses itself in a manner intrinsic to its own true nature, the more it can reveal to us.” His own works constitute a search for metaphysical experience through images of the everyday world. They engage the viewer within the act of perception itself, each frame capturing a complex interplay of shadows, reflections, and movement, cut to a precisely measured pace that plays off the body’s metabolic rhythms, and edited, as he describes it, in the service of “the delicate necessities of meaning.” Compline is his final piece shot on Kodachrome—the medium he used exclusively prior to its discontinuation—while Aubade and The Return are his first films shot with Eastman and Fuji color negative, respectively. Works of great subtlety, these films contend with the expressive potential of each stock, their textures, tones, and relationships to light.
March 21, 22, and 24
12, 2, and 4 pm
2, 4, and 7 pm
12 and 2 pm
The Return, 2011
16mm film, color, silent; 27 min.
16mm film, color, silent; 11:30 min.
16mm film, color, silent; 18:30 min.
Screenings are free with Museum admission. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis until capacity is reached. Late admittance is strongly discouraged, so please arrive early.
This event is presented in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks series.
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