Re: 'Walk Away Renee" Experimental Film from Years Ago?

From: Steve Polta (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Mar 05 2007 - 09:55:37 PST

The film IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS (1967) by Gerard
Malanga uses this song prominently although your
description of the film does not describe my memories
of it. I recall the film as concerning obsession with
a particular dark-haired woman (definitely not Joan
Crawford)---a recurring visual image is a photograph
of the woman which fades in and out, um, obsessively
and the whole thing having a kind of stalkerish,
circularly obsessive quality, the filmmaker following
the woman, wandering the streets, and the recurring
flashing photo image. I don't recall any found footage
but the stuff about the mopey teen and the terrified
woman would be at home in Makanga's film. It's def.
b&w, 16mm. It's an interesting film...

Anyway, "Walk Away Renee" is a major element in the
film. It plays in its entirety at least once, perhaps
several times.

steve polta

--- Jim Carlile <email suppressed> wrote:

> Pardon if this is such a classic that it's foolishly
> redundant, but does
> anyone remember the name of the old short film made
> to the Left Banke's "Walk
> Away Renee" single?
> It started off as a kid moping around in his
> bedroom-- crude 16mm-- then
> shifts to the song played over some absolutely
> amazing fill footage of a man and
> his son trying to coax his terrified wife through a
> revolving door. The
> footage was obviously repeated takes from some black
> and white feature, with
> clapboard, and the woman was Joan Crawford, perhaps?
> A great, great film, affecting in a weird way. For
> some reason Harry Smith
> rings a bell, but I'm not sure who made it.
> Anyone know the film?
> Jim Carlile
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