Re: Question about Crossroads

From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Feb 21 2009 - 16:30:27 PST

"Fallout - Some Notes on the Films of Bruce Conner," by William Moritz and Beverly O'Neill, in
Film Quarterly, Vol XXXI, No. 4, Summer 1978, discusses the "local color" of Patrick Gleeson's sound track, and [Re the second part]
"We hear a lush, repetitive meditation music specially composed and performed for the remainder of the film, by Terry Riley" which is footnoted as: RAINBOW IN CURVED AIR

Another footnote mentions the original ending in color, in the original version of the film, and
"Conner also prepared the film originally as a three-screen loop event, so that two supportive side panels flanked the movie as it is most often shown, and the whole length of the film was repeated several times. Conner hardly thinks of the film in any definitive or superior state, and sold the three-screen reels in 8mm so that they could be projected at 5-frame-per-second speeds with separate sounds."

This article is at the Center for Visual Music online Library, courtesy William Moritz:

Is this information incorrect re Rainbow in Curved Air?

Cindy Keefer
Center for Visual Music

-----Original Message-----
>> From: k. a.r. <email suppressed>
>> Subject: [FRAMEWORKS] Question about Crossroads
>> To: email suppressed
>> Date: Friday, February 20, 2009, 5:59 PM
>> Hello everyone.
>> Last night at the New Nothing there was a Bruce Conner
>> screening.
>> They screened 8 of Bruce's films, all in 16mm. (yay!
>> Thanks Rock!!!!)
>> Crossroads clocked in at 38 minutes, but it seemed
>> different than I remember.
>> (I haven't seen it in probably 15 or 17 years, since
>> the good old days of UW-Milwaukee
>> mandatory weekly screenings.)
>> Last night Crossroads consisted of 2 parts. The first was
>> the bomb explosion footage,
>> with the real sound of the planes and explosions.
>> The second part was the bomb footage again, some the same,
>> but some different,
>> and with some mellow instrumental music.
>> In the beginning, and before the second part there was a
>> bit of black leader with a white +.
>> What I remember is a part that was silent? that had the +
>> in white, but the four quadrants of it
>> got filled in with the explosion footage.
>> There were four explosions happening at once in the 4 parts
>> of the cross.
>> So am I remembering it wrong, or am I thinking of a
>> different film with atomic bomb explosions?
>> Any insight greatly appreciated,
>> sincerely,
>> Kristie
>> Kristie Reinders, B.F.A.
>> Director of Cinematography, Electric Visions
>> Curator and Head Projectionist, Electric Mural Project
>> The Mission, San Francisco, CA

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