An unfaithful interpretation of John Zorn's early 80's film script, A Treatment For A Film in 15 Scenes. I consider Well Then There Now a "list" film since Zorn's text is really a shot list. An exploration of the singularity of the image, but a playful one.
A transformation of Nam June Paik's text "film scenario" into a movie. Hollywood stars speak Paik: "You can make any Hollywood movie interesting, if you cut the movie several times ..." Michael Caine, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, John Torturro, Katharine Hepburn and other protagonists of mainstream cinema are assembled to speak a text about deconstructing film watching.
Though shot in 1974 before After Manet, its conception post-dated all the preparatory work for that film. It handles in a single screen way a similar area of problematic relying more evidently on speculation by the audience of the 'out of shot' state of affairs, and on the expected development of the work.
The film was inspired by a 1976 audio recording of a séance with Charlotte Brontë, of which the film makes ample use. But the séance audio is merely the tip of the affective iceberg as its heroine turns out to have an emotional – not to mention intellectual – life of epic proportions.
Based on a true story, this film is about Hossein: a former drug addict who becomes an activist and sets fire to a cinema in Iran a few months prior to the victory of the 1979 revolution, unwillingly causing the death of nearly 400 people.
The film consists of a number of texts, which appear on the screen and on the soundtrack simultaneously. This written and spoken text contains a series of instructions for the projectionist on how to operate his machine.
Dulac’s three 1929 “abstract” films, Disque 957, Αrabesques, and Themes and Variations, were the results of a long period of reflection by the filmmaker, who sought to create a “pure” or “integral” cinema that would capture the essence of the new medium and owe nothing to the other arts. Each of these three studies was designed to be played silent.
There isn't a road to knowledge and understanding, strictly speaking, and it isn't a journey. It's probably a result of sitting down, or walking around, or maybe just lots of different voluntary actions.