Babette Mangolte

What Maisie Knew (1975) 16mm, black and white, 55.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

"A film made around the subjective camera, the vision of a child, and a re-reading of the Henry James novel. The concern is not with reality and appearance but the manner in which these terms come to be constituted." --Constance Penley

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

Babette Mangolte

(Now) (1976) 16mm, color, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A linear succession of activities/manipulations of objects. Film = Now. Projected film = (Now)

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Babette Mangolte

Camera, The: Je or La Camera I (1977) 16mm, color, 88 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"The film is about the relations of vision and power arising from the act of producing images. The first section of THE CAMERA:JE is terrifying even though it is the most straightforwardly didactic part of the film. The spectator stares at photo models as they have their pictures taken and are given instructions about how to pose. The anxiety we see on the face and body of the model (mirroring our role as spectator) exemplifies this fear of not being held in our position of spectator. It is as if we were watching ourselves being photographed, as if the screen were watching photographing us." --Constance Penley

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Babette Mangolte

Water Motor (1978) 16mm, black and white, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"One of the best dance films ever made." --Yvonne Rainer The image fades in. For two seconds Trisha is there standing motionless, and she starts to dance her solo WATER MOTOR, indeed moving as quickly as water. The movements are so fast and intricate that you feel you are missing half of it. When the dance is finished Trisha is standing motionless as in the beginning, but closer to the camera and the image fades to black. The images fades in again and Trisha doing the same dance, but this time in slow motion (shot at 48 FPS) and the movement takes on a luscious quality that informs the viewer of what was missed before. --Babette Mangolte

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Babette Mangolte

There? Where? (1979) 16mm, color, 8.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

A naive look at southern California by an outsider, and/or an essay on displacement through the disjunction of southern Californian images and off screen voices. Where is the location of these voices, here or there? Are these images near or far in relation to the voices? Are the voices commenting on the images or vice versa. --B. M.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Babette Mangolte

Sky On Location, The (1982) 16mm, color, 77.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

The landscape is not seen in its postcardish grandeur as captured in the photographs of Ansel Adams, nor through its shapes as in paintings by Cezanne or Constable, but rather the film captures the mood of the landscape as in a Turner painting. The film attempts to construct a geography of the land from North to South, East to West and season to season, through colors instead of maps. --B. M.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Babette Mangolte

Cold Eye, The (My Darling, Be Careful) (1988) 16mm, black and white, 90.25 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A "narrative" film centered around young artists living in New York City in 1979. The film is about a certain stage in the development of a young artist confronting the real world in terms of her own idealistic notions of what art is supposed to do. You never see her. She is the camera's eye and when someone says to the camera "My darling be careful," it could be addressing her or you spectator. The subjective camera set-up, and challanges your position as an impartial observer. --B. M.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Babette Mangolte

Visible Cities (1991) 16mm, color, 31 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Two women are in search of a home in the Southern California landscape. From the outside looking in, they see the single-family home as the locus of the exclusion of the other. It is also unaffordable. They both feel as if they are invisible citizens. They witness how the architectural landscape imposed on the California desert appears as a reversal of nature, where exclusive living, gated communities and segregation go hand in hand. They dream of escape. The film is giving a voice to the landscape as well as exploring off-screen presence and subjectivity. -- Babette Mangolte

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

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