Re: Sonbet's "Hall of Mirrors" [Was: 'Walk Away Renee" Experimental Film from...

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 07 2007 - 01:14:01 PST

Thanks all for the tips. Yes, it is a really great film, it's haunted me for
years. When I first saw it, it was obvious that the 'found' footage was what
they used to call 'fill' footage, that you would get at editorial supply
houses to use as fill leader. It was considered to be slop film used as scrap-- I
 remember one time I got some that featured weird shots of Senor Wences in
the early 50's (I wish I had saved it.) In L.A. one film school used to get old
 footage of 'Green Acres" that they would use in editing assignments, or
What a stroke of luck that Sonbert got that particular footage-- I wondered
if he traded for it with another student? His film made a great impression on
the Filmex audience at the time.
But tell me, didn't 'Walk Away Renee' overlap the terrified woman sequence?
And wasn't there also a twelve year old boy or so standing with the father,
trying to coax the woman through? Did Sonbert ever re-edit this in different
versions? Filmex was always able to get a hold of interesting prints of their
various selections.
Jim Carlile
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