Re: Sidney Peterson at the Harvard Film Archive

From: Yoel Meranda (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jul 31 2006 - 14:50:15 PDT

Peterson is one of my favorites and it's always good to know his films
are being screened.

I'm curious why nobody cares to show his last work "Man In a Bubble".
It's certainly worth seeing.

Coop in New York has a good print of the film. The description below
is from Coop's website and then there are a few words from Brakhage to

"There is a wild sound in the streets where once bells called men to
prayer and choruses chanted in march time to the decibels of an
infernal brimstone cacophony from which the damned in a Boschean hell
sought refuge in the solitude of the philosopher's egg, the
transparent bubble of the alchemical Hermetic vessel. MAN IN A BUBBLE
is a short documentary about personal acoustical space in an age of
intolerable noise. Some stuff their ears against the electronic smog.
Others wear headphones. A few scream and very few begin to discern in
the deafening uproar the emergence of a Tondichtung worthy of the
urban primitivism which gives birth to it. The film was shot in
Chicago and New York."

"I think you've managed one of the happiest most hopeful visions of yr
life withOUT one jot of sentimentality to spoil it. The
'dancers'/skaters, each wrapped in his or her own 'bub' is a tough
weave of HARD joy ... Bravo!" -- Stan Brakhage

If anybody would like to read an essay I wrote on "Lead Shoes":


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