Re: many sounds, no sounds

From: Chuck Kleinhans (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 14 2006 - 21:54:19 PST

On Mar 14, 2006, at 11:02 PM, David Tetzlaff wrote:

> One element that marks the experimental tradition is an instability of
> soundtrack. It's not just Harry Smith, many works have been
> screened with
> no sound then had tracks added, tracks abandoned, new tracks added
> and so
> on.

Perhaps the classic example would be Deren's Meshes of the
Afternoon. When I teach it, I show it silent the first time, and
with the sound track the second time. Since Deren originally made it
as a silent film and then years later added the soundtrack, this is
an instructive difference which is true to the genius auteur's intent
(s). Full disclosure: I show it as a film print. But I have been
known to show a little bit of the DVD version as part of the midterm
exam (less wear and tear on the print)....shocking, I know, in these

Chuck Kleinhans

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