Illuminated Texts

16mm, color, sound, 176 min
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"A very demanding work of great complexity and rigor, ILLUMINATED TEXTS presents itself as a great debate between nature and technology, unity and dissolution, the divine and demonic, and irrecoverable ...
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"A very demanding work of great complexity and rigor, ILLUMINATED TEXTS presents itself as a great debate between nature and technology, unity and dissolution, the divine and demonic, and irrecoverable past and the terrible velocity of time. Following on Elder's previous film, the autobiographical ART OF WORLDLY WISDOM, and the structural essay in history, 1857: FOOL's GOLD, ILLUMINATED TEXTS reenacts this time on a single site, both the task of constructing a self and the progression of historical agony. Although prolix in his use of texts–acted one, superimposed on the image, spoken in voiceovers and proliferate in the range of his imagery, Elder has structured ILLUMINATED TEXTS classically as inexorable movement from paradise to apocalypse, of in the formal terms, the film uses from plenitude to fragmentation. It is a sign of Elder's continuing commitment to a romantic sensibility making all his movies that the most horrific section of ILLUMINATED TEXTS, its apocalyptic conclusion is also the most stunning 45 minutes Elder has so far committed to film." –Bart Testa, Canadian Images, 1983

Films

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    She Is Away
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    She Is Away
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 13 min
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    • Literarature / Theater
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    Permutations and Combinations
    Experimental

    Permutations and Combinations
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 7.5 min
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    • Structural
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    The Art of Worldly Wisdom
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    The Art of Worldly Wisdom
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 55 min
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    • Environment / Nature
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    Sweet Love Remembered
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    Sweet Love Remembered
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 12.5 min
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    • Literarature / Theater
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    1857: (Fool's Gold)
    Experimental

    1857: (Fool's Gold)
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 24 min
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    • Literarature / Theater
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    Lamentations: Part One (Reels 1-5 Of 11) The Dream of the Last Historian
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    Lamentations: Part One (Reels 1-5 Of 11) The Dream of the Last Historian
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 210 min
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    • Philosophical
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    Lamentations: Part Two (Reels 6-11 of 11) the Sublime Calculation
    Experimental

    Lamentations: Part Two (Reels 6-11 of 11) the Sublime Calculation
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 240 min
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    • Philosophical
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    Surprised By Joy
    Experimental

    Surprised By Joy
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 200 min
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    Crack, Brutal, Grief
    Experimental

    Crack, Brutal, Grief
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 80 min
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    Bruce Elder
    Experimental

    Bruce Elder
    Bruce Elder

    16mm, color, sound, 106 min
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    • Environment / Nature