Paul Arthur

Cliffs The Slick City Detour, The (1985) 16mm, black and white, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Living in suburban New Jersey watching too much film noir on television. The materials thrown together are: a partial inventory of houses in my neighborhood; a fragment of a dream journal; a 1949 pamphlet about Englewood Cliffs by The League Women Voters; outtakes from a fiction film I acted in; lines from famous movies; a passage from Engels' The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Paul Arthur

Theory of The Leisure Class (1985) 16mm, black and white, 8.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Found Footage, History

A contemporary golf course is paired with footage taken by the Edison Company in 1897 and buttressed with iconography from the spectrum of leisure class motivations. A montage of material around the idea of film as history.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Paul Arthur

(Late) of The Primates Place (1986) 16mm, black and white, 73 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

An autobiographical travelogue that bridges a period of six plus years and two coats, enfolding a series of personal and national misfortunes which find only indirect representation. Splayed across the film's terrain are a collection of portraits, several postcards, unfinished film, films or parts of films made by others, demonstrations, detritus, notes and paratactic formations. Four parts fall roughly under the headings the east, the middle, the borders. There are times when it appears caught in a vise of separate, even antagonistic, histories: public and private, natural and man-made, internal and external, material and imagined. As I was putting it together there were moments when the sequence resembled a highway; not the famous grand unfinished turnpike but the more commonplace site of static objects and bodies in motion, compounded of routine dangers, boredom, anthropology, advertising and the edges of the forest. I tried to pay off many debts here. Doing so meant resorting to a degree of the self to which I trust I will not have to return anytime soon. Dedicated to memory of Jack Arthur.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

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