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Still from John Douglas and Robert Kramer’s Milestones (1975) courtesy Icarus Films


Never Look Away: Serge Daney’s Film Criticism

  • Saturday, July 13, 2024
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Introduced by Nicholas Elliott, in person.

In 1975, John Douglas and Robert Kramer, both former members of The Newsreel revolutionary filmmaking collective, emerged from isolation to take stock of their generation’s hopes and struggles with Milestones. This film is a kaleidoscopic epic that follows numerous characters both willfully marginal and yearning for community as they reckon with the aftermath of the radical ’60s. 

In an introduction to the film written shortly before its premiere at the Directors ’Fortnight at Cannes in 1975, Douglas and Kramer presented their film as “a vision of America in the Seventies and … a journey into the past and the future... Milestones is a complex Proustian mosaic of characters and landscape which weave together to form the fabric of the film. There are many scenes in many cities, faces and voices without endings but many beginnings. The film crosses America from the snow-covered mountains of Vermont to the waterfalls of Utah, to the caves of the Hopi Indians, and the dirt and grime and energy of New York City. Milestones is a film about rebirth, of ideas and faces, of images and sounds.” (John Douglas and Robert Kramer, 1975, DCP, 206 minutes)

This program is part of the Never Look Away: Serge Daney’s Film Criticism series.

The end time for this event is estimated. End times may vary with post-screening discussion, audience Q&A, or other factors. All film events finish by 5:00 p.m.