From: Adam Hyman (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jun 05 2008 - 06:48:50 PDT
The Coronet was just leased by Largo and is now having musical
Largo at the Coronet.
On 6/5/08 5:30 AM, "Fred Davidson" <email suppressed> wrote:
> Thanks for confirming what I thought to be true Myron. I do not have
> Brakhage's Film at Wit's End: Eight Avant-Garde Filmmakers but I do have his
> Film Biographies in paperback published by Turtle Island for the
> Netzahualcoyotl Historical Society on my shelf. I am proud to have it. I
> bought it at a time when there was no such a thing as the internet. I bought
> it at a time when Brakhage's books were not always that easy to come across.
> I grew up in Cleveland. I don't know too much about L.A. I had never
> heard of the Coronet Cinema or of La Cienega Blvd. until just now when you
> mentioned it. Whether the Coronet Cinema at 366 N. La Cienega Blvd. in the
> Beverly Center neighborhood of L.A. is still open or not I do not know. It's
> web site seems to be down this morning.* Most of the avant-garde film I saw
> growing up in high school was at CWRU. I used to go to Strosacker Auditorium
> on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Do you know, or, for that
> matter, does anyone following along here know, if Hollis Frampton used
> to frequent Strosacker while he was a student at Western Reserve? Although he
> may not have because in those days, before 1967, Case and Western Reserve were
> two separate schools. Strosacker is on the Case side. It is not on the Reserve
> side sweetie.
> Speaking of Hollis Frampton, I watched his Zorns Lemma for the very
> first time ever on the web, not on dvd, but on the web, Ubuweb** to be exact,
> and I came away thinking that, Wow!, this is very powerful. I thought the same
> thing about it that Leo Castelli, Andy Warhol's art dealer, thought about Andy
> Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, in 1962, when they were first displayed in his
> gallery in L.A.. Very powerful. Now before anyone flies off the handle in a
> violent rage ready to burn down the whole house, be assured that I don't
> believe I could watch, say, Peter Kubelka's Unsere Afrikareise on the web and
> come away thinking that I had truly seen the film. I couldn't.
> What I think you mean is that you took the path of least resistance. I
> mean that is the best way to go, isn't it?
> It was nice talking to you Myron,
> Fred Davidson
> * http://www.coronet-theatrela.com/
> On Jun 4, 2008, at 10:26 PM, Myron Ort wrote:
>> You got it pretty much right Fred. From what I read in Brakhage's book he
>> went from tweaked to bizarre to totally dysfunctional. I think some drug
>> abuse and mental disorder was involved. btw, I highly recommend Stan's book
>> and of course all of his writings.....
>> I myself have not seen his films yet since they were not presented along with
>> the historical avant garde cinema I was initially exposed to at SF State U
>> film dept. in the mid 60s, and somehow I have missed local showings over the
>> years here. Apparently they are not yet readily available in dvd format.
>> I am looking forward to seeing them at some point along with all (or at
>> least many) of the films I have missed seeing these many years. For example,
>> I only recently "saw" (dvd if that counts) the Isou film since it was
>> included in those recent avant garde compilations of Rohouer's collection
>> that are on the market.
>> Incidentally, when I was in high school in 50s LA we used to go regularly to
>> the neighborhood Coronet cinema on LaCienega Blvd. Little did I know
>> probably saw early Brakhage films there at some point.....(I wouldn't
>> discover filmmaking (as a path) until many years later when all other
>> "majors" didn't seem to click.....if you know what I mean.....
>> ps. the Coronet still seems to be there last time I visited (not long ago).
>> On Jun 4, 2008, at 4:35 PM, Fred Davidson wrote:
>>> Yes, that's right, Christopher Maclaine was his name. Thanks Myron.
>>> Christopher Maclaine. No relation to Senator John McCain or Bruce Willis's
>>> character Officer John McClane. Are the rest of my facts pretty much right
>>> Myron? I don't remember exactly. Have I grossly misstated anything here?
>>> On Jun 4, 2008, at 5:49 PM, Myron Ort wrote:
>>>> On Jun 4, 2008, at 2:01 PM, Fred Davidson wrote:
>>>>> Where would avant-garde film be without junkies and psychos? Well, it
>>>>> would be without the director of "The End". What was his name? Marilyn?
>>>>> Fred? Anyone? Who am I trying to think of? The speed freak that Stan
>>>>> Brakhage championed. He ultimately died young in a mental hospital didn't
>>>>> he? He was a junkie and a psycho wasn't he?
>>>> Christopher Maclaine. (see Brahage: Film At Wit's End)
>>>> Myron Ort
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