Thursday, December 07, 2006

Shadows By The Film Folk - A Meditation On Joyce

Stills from Shadows By The Film Folk, a film by Anthony Osborne.


Blogger St Anthony said...

Shadows By The Film Folk, a complex little audio-visual meditation on Joyce and things Joycean.
Yes, another act of shameless self-promotion - should anyone be interested, they'll find this gem and several other works of cinematic genius on my Myspace site.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

i really must get something by this man. he was never much of a priority until i came across the lovely molly blooms site and then steven rowntree and now your good self.
a bit like i didn't get into cocteau twins in the 80's but when i did...

9:44 AM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Oh, I always recommend Joyce to everyone ... the 4 major prose works in order, from Dubliners through to Finnegans Wake present a history of human thought and action screened through the domestic and the small scale. They are also, it should be stressed, very, very funny and extremely moving.
Joyce? The template, as I always say, for the artist in the modern world and a lesson for an artist in any medium for dililgence and dedication ... but, again, really, the books are very funny.

11:05 AM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

A Joycean typo 'dililgence' a Wakean neologism ... I always say, Joyce put the 'jism' in neologism.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

I love the film, Anthony. Poetic, kindly, and subtley abstract. I like the photo-holder - most sculptural, as I'm sure you intended; and the fire adds to it. Nice augmentations/alternations between stillness and movement. This in itself is an interesting filmic idea which I like and use myself, in my cartoons: Marker's La Jetee, with it's single moving sequence amidst still images, and Poliakoff's Shooting the Past.

Sent details of it onto friends who might be interested.

12:30 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Thanks for the nod.
Yes, great admirer of Marker. I really like using stills within film, obviously La Jetee being a great example and precursor.
I also like to use a kind of tableau vivant technique which I've developed from my Eisenstein and Anger influences, I guess ... or bare-facedly stole, perhaps.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Really brilliant film Anthony - you should post all your films up here for people to watch. Just copy up the links from MySpace. It would be good to have them here too. Every time I hear that Gavin Bryars music kick in, it makes me want to blub my eyes out.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

You're welcome, Anthony.

Bryars, is it. I have 'Jesus Blood', and I know (I think I know) he worked in Cardew's Scratch Orchestra. Nice one.

8:40 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

The music that comes in during the last section is Bryars' The Sinking Of The Titanic, (the original version, he said pedantically), because it's a fine and moving piece of music,the Titanic gets an oblique mention in the Wake (actually, everything gets a mention in the Wake) and Bryars contructed it using what I regard as Joycean techniques.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

I know the Titanic piece, now that you mention it. I have some BBC4 thing on video, about so-called experiemental music. Cardew I have things by; lots of Steve Reich - though I find him a tad limited these days; Adams, Glass (the former is more interesting I think); Paik, Cage, Fluxus, Dada, Futurist things, Schwitters... Sorry, just musing...

For a long time, experiental music was afraid of and avoided tonality, emotive expression. I like both. But I think Boulez and Stockhausen are for the head not the heart, if you will. I can never get away from, say, Cash's 'Hurt' or Wyatt's 'Shipbuilding', and don't want to. I never quite belive people who plump just for plinky plonky, abstract things. The world is just so much more expansive than that.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...


9:26 AM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Yes ... as Keith Richards always says, if it rocks, it rocks ... and some music (plinky plonky, abstract is as good a description as any) while being very interesting, just doesn't 'rock'.
That's why I like Joyce so much ... he attended to the heart and the mind equally; Anger and Eisenstein in film do the same ... even though the critical consensus is that Eisenstein is a cold and manipulative film-maker.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

'...experiential' ...? I meant experimental, of course. My sticky typing figures make for expanded vocabulary, I suppose.

Yes, I like it to make my body shake, as well as my brain.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

hang on hang on.
you also do films?
why don't the pair of you team up?
you and Doc A.
in fact, talking as i'm thinking as i'm typing why can't we have a short and porovocative film up on discharge?

infact we could have a provocative film too.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Oh yes CJ - films. They are cool. You should see all of A's films on MySpace. Cool stuff. Go on Ant, get a film on Discharge.

8:59 PM  

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