New York / Early Films + P. Adams Sitney

April 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stadtkino Basel
Klostergasse 5
4051 Basel

Film as Film: Theory and Practice in the Work of Gregory J. Markopoulos
New York / Early Films

Gregory J. Markopoulos, Ming Green, 1966, 7 min
Lecture: P. Adams Sitney: The Consistency of Gregory Markopoulos, Filmmaker-Physician
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Twice a Man, 1963, 46 min

P. Adams Sitney (Princeton University) will give a keynote lecture with the title “The Consistency of Gregory Markopoulos, Filmmaker-Physician”, accompanied by screenings of Ming Green and Twice a Man, both made in New York in the mid-1960s.

Gregory J. Markopoulos, USA, 1966, 16mm, colour, sound, 7 min
An extraordinary self-portrait conveyed through multiple layered observations of the film-maker’s sparsely furnished room in Greenwich Village.

Gregory J. Markopoulos, USA, 1963, 16mm, colour, sound, 49 min
Twice A Man is a fragmented re-imagining of the Greek myth of Hippolytus, who was killed after rejecting the advances of his stepmother. Markopoulos’ vision transposes the legend to 1960s New York and has its main character abandon his mother for an elder man. Employing sensuous use of colour, the film radicalised narrative construction with its mosaic of ‘thought images’ that shift tenses and compress time. One of the touchstones of independent filmmaking, Twice A Man was made in the same remarkable milieu as Scorpio Rising and Flaming Creatures by a film-maker named ‘the American avant-garde cinema’s supreme erotic poet’ by its key critic P. Adams Sitney.