School of Athens
16mm, black and white, 15 min
"...we enter the absolute monumental. Raphael's wildly passionate painting has shaken Jennings to the core. Fiercely sexual, tumultuous, his filming of the painting rages on without thought of onlookers; cadenced timing and concerns with proportions out of the question. The film is monstrous, reckless and I couldn’t admire it more."
-Ken Jacobs, quoted in the catalogue of the 43rd San Francisco International Film Festival
"Jim Jennings' The School of Athens (1997)...shows how a silent, near-abstract film can create considerable tension: in this black-and-white filming of a Raphael painting, Jennings intercuts different perspectives, often from oblique angles, to create visual dramas out of small changes in camera position."
-Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader, "People Issue 2016"
"Based on a photograph of Raphael's painting, 'The School of Athens' offers a view of passions-earthly and unearthly, physical, emotional and intellectual. The process of 're-photography' enables Jim Jennings to reconfigure an early 16th-Century masterwork, and to transform its images into fresh, personal expressions of intense feeling."
-Karen Treanor, Millennium Film Workshop calendar, Fall Series 1998
16mm Rental: $45.00
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