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American Independent: A Focus on Shirley Clarke

Brussels Film Loops

A series of joyous, almost abstract records of the American landscape and people, followed by a short made for UNICEF.

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Dirs Shirley Clarke, D A Pennebaker
59min
Digital

A series of pithy, joyous, almost abstract records of the American landscape and its people, made by Clarke and Pennebaker for the Brussels World Fair. The editing in these highly-crafted sequences – which run at no more than three minutes each – demonstrates Clarke’s musical sensibilities.

+ Scary Time
1960. Dirs Shirley Clarke, Robert Hughes
16min. Digital
In this suppressed UNICEF-sponsored polemic, Clarke juxtaposes school children in creepy Halloween costumes with scenes of poverty outside the USA.


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