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Films by Lewis Klahr 

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For two decades Lewis Klahr has been developing a deeply emotional cinema based on cutout animation. His technique is now masterful: jittery movements and frequent focus changes heighten the fragility of his image fragments and of the memories and dreams they evoke. The bank robbery in Three Minutes to Zero Trilogy isn't presented linearly: an image of scattered money keeps recurring, suggesting that it's a memory. The images in Daylight Moon (A Quartet) tend toward the spectacular--a steering wheel seems to guide us through the stars--while the narrative is obscure. But here too evocativeness is what counts, as Klahr creates a multileveled nostalgia that's mirrored in songs on the sound track. Klahr will attend the screening. 73 min. a Thu 11/30, 6 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Two Minutes to Zero.


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