Merry Pranksters: Nelson-Landow-Rice (18*)


3 June 2013
Cinema 2

Standard - 10.50 online /
11.50 on the door

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9.20 on the door

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A riotous, Dada-flavoured programme by a trio of Underground greats. Profane jokester of 60s US experimental film, Robert Nelson (1930-2012) typically packed his films with crazed digressions and absurd ideas.

His Plastic Haircut (1963) and Bleu Shut (1970) screen here alongside New Improved Institutional Quality (1976) by George Landow (1944-2011), in which a man submits to a bizarre educational test involving meaningless, contradictory and impossible-to-follow instructions.

Senseless (1961), an apparently formless, improvised film by celebrated Beatnik prankster Ron Rice (1935-64) rounds off the night.

With thanks to International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Plastic Haircut
US 1963 Dir Robert Nelson 15 min

Bleu Shut
US 1971 Dir Robert Nelson 30 min

New Improved Institutional Quality
US 1976 Dir George Landow 10 min

US 1961 Dir Ron Rice 28 min

Total programme running time 83 min

Part of A Grammar of Subversion

* Local classification

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