From: Michael Kemp (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Jul 18 2008 - 23:19:09 PDT
Yes, thanks to Mark Toscano and everybody who came back to me on this one - it IS "Valse Triste", and I found this description by Greil Marcus which confirms it further...
In the six-minute "Valse Triste," set to the waltz by Sibelius-which Conner would have first heard as theme music to the early '40s radio drama "I Love a Mystery," featuring hard-nosed detective Jack Packard of Omaha, Nebraska-a young blond boy with a crew cut and striped pajamas crawls into a bed with heavy blankets and nice sheets; as he falls asleep, the camera moves in to signal his dream. There is an old locomotive, and a coal car pushed by railroad men. A world globe spins. There are sheep, and a shepherd and his dog. A pickup truck turns onto Kansas Highway 4; on the highway sign, the "4" is framed by a sunflower. There is a barbed wire fence and a windmill. A stout woman in a floral dress and a go-to-town hat strides out of the farmhouse and climbs into the driver's seat of a pickup truck; her husband and a small boy burn brush. A hand fingers a piece of satin; in the same manner, a fashion model opens a fur coat to display its three-tone lining.
An industrialist sits at his desk under a photo of a locomotive so modern it has still not been built. There is a very old locomotive, and an engineer, looking as if he might wave if you keep looking at him. A boy delivers papers; an older couple gets into a taxi; girls do calisthenics on a field; a spraying garden hose is dropped to the ground. The farm family poses for a portrait; an old locomotive slows until the film stops it. Cars from the '30s move down a flooded road.
--- On Fri, 18/7/08, Mark Toscano <email suppressed> wrote:
From: Mark Toscano <email suppressed>
Subject: Re: title of Conner film?
To: email suppressed
Date: Friday, 18 July, 2008, 9:15 AM
I believe it's Valse Triste that actually begins with the boy and the train,
despite the seeming appropriateness of 5:10's title... can someone confirm?
I don't have tape or DVD handy at the moment.
--- On Thu, 7/17/08, Carl Worden <email suppressed> wrote:
> From: Carl Worden <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re: [FRAMEWORKS] title of Conner film?
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008, 11:35 PM
> Take the 5 - 10 to dreemland
> On Jul 18, 2008, at 12:12 AM, Michael Kemp
> <email suppressed> wrote:
> > What was the title of the Bruce Conner short (about 5
> > bathed in a roseate glow, where a young boy goes to
> bed in the Mid-
> > West and dreams of locomotives? Many archival rural
> scenes, but the
> > locomotive is the recurring motif...
> > Title (and year) please?
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