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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., 1966ā€“1971)

Introduction/Film scholar and CCA professor Federico Windhausen.


The interaction and conflict between text and image, seeing and hearing is foremost in Sharitsā€™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 1965ā€“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