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By Scott MacDonald

A severe Cinema five is the 5th quantity in Scott MacDonald's severe Cinema sequence, the main broad, in-depth exploration of autonomous cinema on hand in English. during this new set of interviews, MacDonald engages filmmakers in special discussions in their movies and of the private reports and political and theoretical currents that experience formed their paintings. The interviews are prepared to specific the extraordinary variety of contemporary autonomous cinema and the interactive neighborhood of filmmakers that has committed itself to generating kinds of cinema that critique traditional media.

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Does a print with that sound track still exist? Anger: Well, Harry is not alive anymore, so you can’t talk to him, but I’ll give you my version. In the early fifties I heard an LP of some of his music performed using his own instruments. He had invented things called “cloud Kenneth Anger 35 chambers,” big glass bells that he had cut the bottoms oª and used like gongs, and several stringed instruments. He was quite a unique artist. Looking back, I wish I’d done a documentary on him and his instruments.

Kinsey, and later I went downtown to the Biltmore Hotel, where he was staying, to do the famous Kin- Kenneth Anger 23 sey interview. My statistics are part of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, which came out in 1948. MacDonald: Did Fireworks have censorship trouble? Anger: No, because it was shown in so few places, and in a very discreet way. And when it was made available for rental, I had no particular problem: I assumed that the fact that it came back in one piece meant that the showing had gone well, wherever it was shown.

I’ve recently finished a film tribute—Elliott’s Suicide—to another friend of mine who committed suicide not long ago. He was a songwriter and singer named Elliott Smith. He’s on the Dreamworks label. He killed himself last October. He was thirty-four and had had a fight with his girlfriend and stabbed himself in the chest with a steak knife in his girlfriend’s kitchen, which was so stupid—but people do stupid things. On the other hand, his lyrics are quite dark; the word “suicide” occurs frequently.

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