Friday, June 11, 2010

“Melancholia” by James Elaine & William Basinski, Short Films 1997-2007

  • Monday, June 14, 1pm at La Sala Rossa - Free Entrance
  • Followed by a Q & A with William Basinski
  • Co-presented by Double Negative Collective as a part of the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival
"In Melancholia, one is immediately transfixed by the lilting, repetitive piano melody of Basinski’s 'The Saddest Melody Ever Heard'. Drawn slowly through the dark veil of a lonely tunnel of trees, eventually the world is revealed, shining deceptively. Immediately one begins a bumpy journey around a dull and hollow shell, before being drawn back, away through the encroaching black veil that cloaks and colors all perception. Shot in Super-8 at the World’s Fairgrounds in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY, Elaine & Basinski’s Melancholia is a concise, darkly romantic psalm, an elegy, a love letter to a broken world."

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