Category: Film as Film

Luke Fowler on Film as Film

Luke Fowler on Film as Film

Luke Fowler reflects on Markopoulos’ films and writings ahead of the event at Tate Modern, London, next Friday.

“Gregory Markopoulos has been in my thoughts since his masterpiece Bliss inspired me to pick up a Bolex camera several years ago. This book collects many of Markopoulos’ strident and inspirational writings providing a wealth of experiences and provocations for future filmmakers and scholars everywhere. This publication, as well as the monumental Temenos screenings in Greece, will help to establish Markopoulos as one of the single most important filmmakers of the American avant-garde.”
—– Luke Fowler

Psyche, Bliss and Gammelion will be projected at the event on 31 October 2014. The films will be interspersed with readings from Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos, which will be available for purchase throughout the event.

Bookforum Review

Rebekah Rutkoff’s review of “Film as Film” is now online at Bookforum.

“The full and varied spectrum of Markopoulos’s modes of composition and expression (including poetic prose, spiritual anthem, aphorism, diatribe, manifesto) on display in Film as Film is not simply an annex to his filmmaking; it is an integral and inseparable component of the filmmaker’s creation. For the first time, readers can behold, in great personal and historical detail, the steady unfurling of his remarkable vision-in-formation and respond.”

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Tacita Dean on Film as Film

Tacita Dean on Film as Film

“It feels apposite that the writings of Gregory Markopoulos be published now at a time when the very existence of film is so threatened. Nothing more should be needed as a convincing argument that film is still the important, autogenic magical medium for filmmakers today, as it was for Markopoulos, than his text Correspondences of Smell and Visuals. Here one bears witness to the exuberance of a work and a process in the making, brought about, as so often is the case, by both the glories and internal rigours of the medium of film itself. Exciting, too, to feel the fire in his writing, and experience through it a contemporary account of the establishment of the New American Cinema.”
—– Tacita Dean

Events in Sep-Oct 2014

The Visible Press is pleased to announce the following events to celebrate the publication of Film as Film: The Collected Works of Gregory J. Markopoulos. The opening series of screenings on the US East Coast in September & October 2014 provide an opportunity to view most of Markopoulos’ American films, plus those made soon after his move to Europe, and sections of his final work Eniaios. Full details are available on the Events calendar.

Mon 8 Sep – NYC Anthology Film Archives
A Christmas Carol / Du sang de la volupté et de la mort / Christmas USA

Tue 9 Sep – NYC Anthology Film Archives
Sorrows / The Mysteries
Wed 10 Sep – Anthology Film Archives
Bliss / Gammelion
Thur 11 Sep – New Haven Yale University
Christmas USA / Eros, O Basileus / Listening to the Space in My Room (Beavers)
Sat 13 Sep – NYC Anthology Film Archives
Genius (Introduced by P. Adams Sitney)
Tue 16 Sep – NYC Light Industry
Wed 17 Sep – Philadelphia International House
The Illiac Passion
Fri 19 Sep – Cambridge Harvard Film Archive
Bliss / Gammelion / panel discussion (Sitney, Beavers, Webber)
Sat 20 Sep – Cambridge Harvard Film Archive
Himself as Herself / The Dead Ones / Through a Lens Brightly: Mark Turbyfill
Sun 21 Sep – Cambridge Harvard Film Archive
Galaxie (Introduced by Roy Grundmann)
Mon 22 Sep – Cambridge Harvard Film Archive
A Christmas Carol / Du sang de la volupté et de la mort / Christmas USA
Sun 28 Sep – Hudson Basilica
Twice a Man / Through a Lens Brightly: Mark Turbyfill / Ming Green

Sun 28 Sep – Cambridge Harvard Film Archive
Genius / Gilbert and George

Mon 29 Sep – NYC The Kitchen
Discussion of Markopoulos’ Writing / Bliss (Eniaios version)
Mon 6 Oct – Cambridge Harvard Film Archive
Hagiographia II
Robert Beavers and Mark Webber will be present to introduce most of the screenings. Other guests will appear at selected events. Film as Film will be on sale at most venues priced $30.
Coming Soon

9 Oct – Gent University / Courtisane – Mark Webber lecture
10-14 Oct  – Brussels Cinematek – 4 programme retrospective
31 Oct – London Tate Modern – Psyche / Bliss / Gammelion
19-24 Nov – Vienna Filmmuseum – 10 programme retrospective
10 Dec – Paris Centre Pompidou – Du sang de la volupté et de la mort

Further events to be announced

Markopoulos Biography

Gregory J. Markopoulos is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of independent filmmaking. Born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1928, he became a key figure in the New York avant-garde film scene of the 1950s and 60s, co-founding the New American Cinema Group alongside Jonas Mekas, Robert Frank, Peter Bogdanovich and others. Markopoulos’ films, which often translated literary or mythological sources to a contemporary context, are celebrated for their extraordinary creativity, the sensuous use of colour and innovations in cinematic form. His many film portraits feature significant figures in the arts such as David Hockney, Rudolph Nureyev, Leonor Fini, Alberto Moravia, Gilbert and George, Susan Sontag, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Thek and W.H. Auden. At the end of the 1960s, he left the USA for Europe and began to withdraw his work – including the landmark films Psyche (1947), Twice a Man (1963), Galaxie (1966) and The Illiac Passion (1967) – from circulation. He ultimately re-edited his entire output into the 80-hour epic Eniaios (1947-91), which remained unprinted during his lifetime. Following the death of Markopoulos in 1992, his work has slowly returned to the public arena through events with institutions including the American Museum of the Moving Image, Pacific Film Archive, New York Film Festival and Documenta 12. The Whitney Museum presented a complete retrospective in 1996. Since 2004, premieres of the restored units of Eniaios have taken place every four years at a site in rural Arcadia that was chosen by the filmmaker. These unique events have been reviewed in Artforum, Frieze, Film Comment and other important periodicals. Texts by Markopoulos, which were originally printed in journals such as Film Culture, Filmcritica and Cantrills Filmnotes, or gathered in self-published anthologies and limited edition brochures, are now being made available again in Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos.