- Shirley Clarke: Early Shorts
October 13 at 4:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
Shirley Dancing, A Photo Gallery (1930s – 1940s); Dance in the Sun (1953, 7 minutes); Skyscraper, “a musical comedy of skyscraper construction in Manhattan,” said Clarke, in an era of urban renewal (with Willard Van Dyke, D. A. Pennebaker, Irving Jacoby, John White, and Teo Macero, 1959, 21 minutes); Bridges-Go-Round, the quintessential montage of New York’s bridges, first with a jazz score and then with electro-acoustic music (1958, 8 minutes); In Paris Parks, a city symphony demonstrating Clarke’s skill with lensing and composing while focusing on children enjoying postwar Paris (1954, 13 minutes); Rose and the Players inspired by Picasso’s Family of Saltimbanques (1957, 7 minutes); A Moment in Love, elegantly choreographed by Anna Sokolow (1957, 9 minutes); World Kitchen, a montage of old restaurant billboards, posters, and neon signs about food and its delights (with D. A. Pennebaker, 1957, 3 minutes); A Scary Time, an “experimental horror film for UNICEF” contrasting children’s struggles in other countries with Halloween dress-up in America (1960, 16 minutes); and excerpts from Clarke’s family home movies (1950s, 15 minutes). (Total running time 98 minutes)
still from Shirley Dancing, A Photo Gallery
courtesy Milestone Films