Re: Parker Tyler reference

From: Kreul, James (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jul 18 2006 - 10:44:18 PDT

Amy, and everyone,

I knew I had an incomplete photocopy of this somewhere and I actually found it this afternoon. I have two pages of it, and I can't remember if it is because the copy I found had missing pages or if I just didn't photocopy the whole thing in the first place.

As mentioned earlier in the thread, it is indeed Theatre Arts, July 1949. I have page 47 and 48, and it appears to continue on page 99.

It basically explains the difference between feature films and experimental films as analogous to the difference between novels and poetry. It discusses dreams as an important frame of reference for experimental films, and suggests that one way to look at an experimental film would be "as though it were a true dream, a dream telling you something important about someone in whose place you yourself might be." In the pages I have he does not go into detail about any film in particular, but there are passing references to Maya Deren's films, Broughton's Mother's Day, Markopolous's Psyche, Harrington's Fragment of Seeking, and so forth.

Instead of going to "Underground Film: A Critical History" which was written much much later, you might find it useful to look at "The Three Faces of the Film." The chapter titled "Dream Structure: The Basis of Experimental Film" expands and re-works the ideas in the Theatre Arts article and uses many of the same examples.

James Kreul
University of North Carolina Wilmington
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> Quoting Amy Beste <email suppressed>:
>> I recently came across a reference to a book (pamphlet?) by Parker
>> Tyler called "The experimental film: A layman's guide to its
>> understanding and enjoyment." The reference cited J.D. Macarthur
>> as the publisher, date: 1949. Does anyone know where I might be
>> able to find a copy?

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