Roger Deutsch

Dead People (1983) 16mm, black and white, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

With scary precision Deutsch anatomizes and illuminates the way we invent the characters we live out, and the people we surround ourselves with. Here is a very young man falling in love with the image of an old man who, by virtue of wrinkles and drunkenness and lively wit and verbal skill and being black, seems to embody an authenticity the young man lacks. And here is the young man grown up, studying the pretenses of his younger days, and of the noble old role-player himself. With images that continue to haunt me, and the sense of the spaces of a life lives, he probes for the essences of our invented selves, our devious and glittering accomodations. I keep talking to the film, and have since I first saw it: it is a life invented, dignified and finally demystified. Yet the last stripping away seems itself a marvel of enrichment; the austere images and lushly ascerbic music that end the film make, in a direct, filmic, non-discursive way, the realist sense of person: our dramatic behaviours are absurd forgivable turbulance in a sea of presence. Deutsch does the hardest thing: he forgives even the forgiver."--Rober Kelly

Rental: $50.00
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Roger Deutsch

Jews (1984) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Deutsch's illuminating picturings push close to film's ability to reactivite the feel of that which has disappeared; but rather than lolling in the shelter of the simulative, both of these films subtly question their characters' relation to history and to their own deaths. They are portraits that remind us that these characters are done, through with, no more; yet at the same time, they bring them 'to life.' They question cinema's ability to formalize, to resuscitate, and to re-represent the past."--Barbara Kruger, ArfForum, Feb. 1985

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Roger Deutsch

View From Avenue A, The (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"In THE VIEW FROM AVENUE A, his longest work, Deutsch moves from the past into the present... to staccato cuts, dayglow colors, a cacophony of street noises. Commissioned as a portrait of the Dutch expatriate artist Anton van Dalen, THE VIEW FROM AVENUE A is also and more interestingly and profoundly, a portrait of another disappearing place, in this case, the dying (or revivifying, depending on your point of view) lower east side of New York. As in ELLICOTT CITY, but in greater detail, Deutsch brilliantly charts a history of a lost place, here not just a physical landscape, but a landscape of the mind, that is, the artistic "bohemia" of the 60's and 70's, changing soon to be completely gone, crushed, inexorably, by history." -- Steven Simmons

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Roger Deutsch

Kitty Corner/Doggie's Daydream (1970) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Environment & Nature

... is an interesting little film, albeit dull and stupid. Ingrid Drake, a nine pound maltese sits near a window, bored silly. As she glances out the window, she sees something. Lo! someone approacheth. A car pulls into the driveway and lets someone out. We pan back to Miss Drake who has lost interest. Back outside, the driver of the car is coming around to the door. Miss Drake flexes a couple of muscles, and watches the two come in the house. She looses interest again. DOGGIE'S DAYDREAM is a different type of film. Abstract. I only put it on the same reel with KITTY CORNER because it was too short for a reel of its own. Also interesting. --J. D. V.

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