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72 minutes · 2013

Avant-Garde, Experimental, Program
This program contains two medium-length works by the noted Bay Area experimental filmmaker: To Parsifal (1962), a low-key tribute to Wagner; and Quick Billy (1971), which Reader contributor Fred Camper called "one of the masterpieces of the American avant-garde." Camper added: "Inspired by ]Baillie's] own near-fatal case of hepatitis and The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Billy immerses viewers in a timeless flow of indistinct forms that nearly obliterates self and place—the clarity of an erotic encounter ends when the woman leans forward into darkness. The finale is a parody western in which Baillie satirizes the aggression the rest of his film abjures."

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