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Lettrist Cinema

  • The Mini Microcinema 1329 Main Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

Doors at 7:00 PM ... Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

“Some, almost, 10 years ago I saw what is here titled “Venom and
Eternity” (Traité de bave et d'éternité). It immediately worked one of the most profound and lasting changes upon all my development as a filmmaker. ... I have gone out of my way to view “Venom and Eternity” some 15 to 20 times ... .” - Letter from Stan Brakhage to Isidore Isou (1962)

Little noted in both film and art history, Lettrist cinema practically
invented the structures, forms, and working methods used throughout experimental films today. Isidore Isou’s “Traité de bave et déternité” (1951) employed montage discrépant (discrepant editing) – purposely not synchronizing image and sound as well as drawing directly on the film or image ciselante (chiseled image). Most of “Traité” consists of found footage,
while simultaneously emphasizing the sound track. Like the other Lettrist films,“Traité de bave et d'éternité” boldly departs from any notion of traditional cinema. MATURE AUDIENCES

Earlier Event: October 23
The Eyeslicer
Later Event: October 26
Implacable Malevolence