Christopher MacLaine

Man Who Invented Gold, The (1957) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"A film fable so structured that all alchemical searchings are clearly filmwise (gold being discovered cinematically in each sequence ot mixed black-and-white and color) so that when the drama-discovery is actually made, it acts as a deliberate anti-climax of aesthetic perfection." --Stan Brakhage

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Christopher MacLaine

Beat (1958) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"The atmosphere of the San Francisco Beatnik scene as visualized by creator Christopher Maclaine, extended filmically so that it includes the human feelings which touched off that scene as a social movement." --Film-Makers' Cinematheque

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Christopher MacLaine

Scotch Hop (1959) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"... is utterly beyond my description, being of the area of deceptively simple pure film movement--and I say 'deceptively simple' because I had to really work at it to find the cutting technique which made the whole film, all its images, seem like the bagpipe sound of its audio track to the extent that I really felt like I was watching sound and hearing images... i. e., that the droning beauty of the bagpipes finds its perfect visual correspondence in his slow-motion dance shots and that his jump cuts visually fulfill the grace note activity so wondrously peculiar to anyone who has attempted to play a chanter pipe or, that is, really listened to one." --Stan Brakhage

Rental: $28.00
16mm Rental: $28.00

Christopher MacLaine

End, The (1953) 16mm, color & b/w, 34.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

"An experimental film unique in its liberal inter-cutting of color and black-and-white sequences and in the employment by its poet-maker of sections containing sound only, to deliver what he feels to be an important message. In form the film consists of five episodes dealing with five different people, each seen on the last day of his existence. These episodes are linked by the sound-only sections, and the whole is capped by a lyric code." --Film-Maker's Cinematheque "San Francisco beat poet Christopher Maclaine made only four films, but the longer two are among the greatest and most original I've ever seen. Rarely screened, perhaps because of their crude, homemade look, they have an emotional and spiritual authenticity few mainstream films can match. THE END, running 35 minutes, tells the stories of seven people on the last day of their lives (most of them are preparing to kill themselves, but the world is also about to be annihilated by the Bomb) with a mix of black humor and bizarre twists. The editing and Maclaine's narration are constantly veering off in unexpected directions, replicating the disordered thoughts of a person on the brink; during one particularly jumbled sequence of images, he invites us to make up the story." --Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

Rental: $72.00
16mm Rental: $72.00

Christopher MacLaine

Beat Films (1952-1958) DVD PAL, Color BW, 61 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, history

Includes THE END (1953) 16mm 35 min, THE MAN WHO INVENTED GOLD (1957) 16mm 14 min, BEAT (1958) 16mm 6 min, SCOTCH HOP (1958) 16mm 6 min

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Individual Home-Use Only

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