Roberta Friedman

Making of the Americans, The (1974) 16mm, black and white, 14.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"The words in the film are taken from Gertrude Stein's 'The Making of Americans.' The subject of the passage is repetition, the idea that there are threads of similarity woven into the identites of 'every kind of men and women,' and that the device of repeating with variations can be used for the gradual uncovering of these essential qualities. Stein's words are dissected and reconstituted in the film according to a strategy suggested by the text, being themselves repeated with 'subtle variations coming clear into ordered recognition.' Generally, I suppose, we were trying to make a film in which the subject, the method of organization and the means of presentation were all equivalent, so as to bring about a particularly intense coherency." --Graham Weinbren

Rental: $25.00
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Roberta Friedman

Bertha's Children (1976) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

My great aunt Bertha had seven children who are now between fifty and sixty-five years old. They all grew up in New York City and, even after they became adults and had their own families, lived in the same geographic region. When I visited New York one winter, I asked each of them to be in a film and all of them agreed. When I returned the following winter, however, only David, Marty, Aaron, Bernie and Thelma would do it. Frieda, concerned about the crazy people who might see the film and then write her nasty anonymous letters, refused, and Sylvia was in Florida at the time. --R. F.

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Roberta Friedman

Future Perfect (1980) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

a film which, always unfinished, looks forward to a future when it (and everything else) will be perfect.

Rental: $35.00
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