Re: [Frameworks] Experimental Editing - writings and films

From: Beebe,Roger W <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 22:43:32 +0000

The Artavazd Peleshian interview in A Critical Cinema touches on his theory of "distance montage," which is elaborated in more detail in a handout that was distributed at the Flaherty back in 1999 when he was a guest. (I might have a copy in my files in Florida but I'm far far from there now. My memory is that it was a translation that had been done specifically for the Flaherty.)

Then there's also Kubelka's Metric Cinema, which you can find discussed in his A Critical Cinema interview too, I think, as well as 100 other places (online lectures, etc., etc.).

Paul Willemen has an essay on Amos Gitai's editing (that first appeared in Screen, I think) that I remember being impressed by when I read it in grad school, but I have to confess to having little memory of it now.

First things that came to mind...

On Jul 30, 2011, at 3:49 PM, Patrick Friel wrote:

Hi All,

I’m looking for suggestions of writings on “experimental editing” (essays, articles, chapters in books, and – most especially – interviews with filmmakers and/or their own writing on the subject of editing) and also for suggestions of key films that are exemplary of some “experimental” editing style or handle their editing in remarkable ways.

I’m obviously doing my own research, but wanted to reach out to the vast collective wisdom of y’all as well.

Suggestions of both can range from Eisenstein to the present and can include actual experimental work or more narrative/documentary work (even commercial) that utilizes experimental tactics in their editing.

This is for undergraduates (production majors of various kinds) in a non-art school film/video program, so nothing too esoteric.

Filmmakers in mind already include the obvious one such as Eisenstein, Vertov, Brakhage, Sonbert, Conner, Luther Price.

Any and all suggestions welcome!


Patrick Friel
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