Evolutions's Step

16mm, black and white, sound, 10 min
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Devensky's evolutionary theory... is considerably more subtle. The same man as in CATERPILLARS and ANTS is sitting alone in an apartment with an immerse accumulation of debris, listening blackly to a ...
Rental format: 16mm

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Devensky's evolutionary theory... is considerably more subtle. The same man as in CATERPILLARS and ANTS is sitting alone in an apartment with an immerse accumulation of debris, listening blackly to a fragile Kreisler-like melody on an old gramophone. During the film the camera peers at him and his junk and even swoops around in lengthy tracking shots. At times it rests solely on close-ups of his craggy face (another Devensky preoccupation). The man begins to freak out as "phantoms" appear and collapses amid the rubble. The melody appears once more and this time he reacts to it. If the film's title indicate a continuation of thinking in "Proof" then what is seen is modern man surrounded by his accumulation of things, at first fulled and insensitive to beauty (the fragile melody) but finally becoming responsive to it after harrowing rite de passage" –Richard Koszarski, New York American

Films

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    Coffee Grinds
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    Coffee Grinds
    David Devensky

    16mm, black and white, silent, 9 min
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    • Comedy
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    Old Time Comedy Night
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    Old Time Comedy Night
    David Devensky

    16mm, black and white, sound, 11 min
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    Comedy Vignettes of 1970
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    Comedy Vignettes of 1970
    David Devensky

    16mm, black and white, sound, 12 min
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    Proof
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    Proof
    David Devensky

    16mm, color, sound, 25 min
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    Beethoven's Chicken
    Experimental

    Beethoven's Chicken
    David Devensky

    16mm, color, sound, 6.5 min
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    Caterpillars and Ants
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    Caterpillars and Ants
    David Devensky

    16mm, black and white, sound, 5.25 min
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    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Homecall
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    Homecall
    David Devensky

    16mm, color and b/w, silent, 7.5 min
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    • Found Footage
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    I Wish I Could Shimy Like My Sister Kate
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    I Wish I Could Shimy Like My Sister Kate
    David Devensky

    16mm, black and white, sound, 2 min
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    Vampeer
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    Vampeer
    David Devensky

    16mm, color, silent, 10 min
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