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Reverence: The Films of Owen Land 

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A startlingly original filmmaker, Owen Land lived in Chicago in the 70s but dropped out of sight years ago. His films, also long unavailable, are at once hilarious and hermetic, playing complex word and image games that can't be fully unraveled. In the longest and best on this the first of two programs, On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed? (1979), two pandas discuss cinema and more while sitting inside a false-perspective black-and-white set. Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc. (1966) is a kind of Duchampian found object, a looped test film that focuses attention on the medium and the viewer. There are six more restored films here, all masterpieces of paradox. 69 min. (Program two will screen October 8.) Sat 10/1, 8 PM, Chicago Filmmakers.

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