Christmas On Earth

From: alvamel (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 21:29:53 PST

In April 05, there was a short thread about Barbara Rubin's film 'Christmas On Earth'. It seems that aside from having the film(s) double-projected that the projectionist is also given instructions to have radio playing into the theatre at the same time. I'm curious about these instructions - to have the film scored to live radio tuned to a so-called 'rock station'.

Obviously, radio in the mid-sixties and radio today are a completely different animal. Aside from shifts in musical style, contemporary radio is owned by a few centralized corporations - thus predictably managed to the listener's conditioned taste . So, I would imagine that radio 40 years ago was much more eccentric and was likely to enhance the tension of the viewing experience, not knowing what sort of musical accompaniment or commercial was likely to come next. I gather that Barbara was hoping to create an experience that garnered a certain spontaneity.

Is there anybody on this list who can share the experience of seeing 'Christmas On Earth' as per the original exposition instructions?

Thanks for any insight.


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