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Paul Sharits: An Open Cinema

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
7:30 p.m. Paul Sharits: Early Work
Paul Sharits (U.S., 1966–1971)

Introduction/Film scholar and CCA professor Federico Windhausen.


The interaction and conflict between text and image, seeing and hearing is foremost in Sharits’s early films, which make provocative reference to sexuality, violence, and self-destruction amidst striking formal experimentation with dueling visual and audio tracks. Sound and image blur and layer into indistinguishable flows of color and sense. 

Word Movie/Flux Film1966, 4 mins, Color, 16mm, From Canyon Cinema.

Razor Blades 1965–68, 25 mins, Color, 16mm two-screen projection, From Anthology Film Archives.

T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G 1968, 12 mins, Color, 16mm, From Anthology Film Archives.

Inferential Current1971, 8 mins, Color, 16mm, From Anthology Film Archives.

—Jennifer Pranolo

• Total running time: c. 50 mins