DIALOGUES – A film by Owen Land
Edited by Philippe Pirotte and Julia Strebelow
[EN] Dialogues is a self-reflexive feature film directed by the American experimental filmmaker Owen Land â€‰â€“â€‰formerly known as George Landow (1941â€“2011). The author of a powerful, critically-acclaimed but also exhilirating work, Land was aÂ pioneer of structuralist cinema, the forms of which he developed and criticized at the same time in significant works such as A Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley California (1974) and On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed? (1977â€“79). As for Dialogues, one could consider it as a parody of Scorpio Rising, an analytical report of US popular music, a re-interpretation of Platonâ€™s dialogues about reincarnation, or just a hilarious if polemical essay about the male/female polarity. Letâ€™s say that Dialogues is a great contemporary literary text. That is why we decided to publish it as such.
Edited by Philippe Pirotte and Julia Strebelow of the Kunsthalle Bern, the producer of the film and the publication, and designed by Kaisa Lassinaro, the book thus delivers the integral, annotated script of Landâ€™s latest â€“which unfortunately happens to be his lastâ€“ film, released in 2009 and premiered in Bern. It is preceded by a critical essay penned by Chris Sharp and two interviews with Land.
[FR] Cet ouvrage est entiÃ¨rement consacrÃ© Ã Dialogues, dernier chef-d’Å“uvre achevÃ© par le cinÃ©aste expÃ©rimental amÃ©ricain Owen Land â€“ Ã©galement connu sous le nom de George Landow. Auteur d’une Å“uvre remarquÃ©e, aussi complexe qu’hilarante et grotesque, Land Ã©tait l’un des pionniers du cinÃ©ma structurel dont il a dÃ©veloppÃ© et critiquÃ© les formes dans des films comme A Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley California (1974), On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed? (1977â€“79). Dialogues peut se lire, quant Ã lui, tout Ã la fois comme autobiographie fantasmÃ©e, relecture parodique du Scorpio Rising de Kenneth Anger, analyse illustrÃ©e des doctrines religieuses et nÃ©oplatoniciennes ou comme une comÃ©die de mauvais goÃ»t sur les rapports entre les sexes.
Authors: Scott Foundas, Susanne Pfeffer, Chris Sharp
Designed by Kaisa Lassinaro
Edition of 1500
Softcover, 336 pages. 14â€‰Ã—â€‰26 cm