Another film by Arthur Lipsett, the filmmaker who is the subject of an upcoming animation by Theodore Ushev. This one is called 21-87 and it’s a masterpiece. It seems to have something to do with trying to see how people are deadened somehow by the modern world. The filmmaker uses documentary clips in a mix-up with collage audio that unsettles the viewer. What is this life force behind us? And why do we keep trying to behave like machines?
Here is a well-known film by Arthur Lipsett, the filmmaker who is the subject of an upcoming animation by Theodore Ushev. It’s called Very Nice, Very Nice. It features a layered collage soundtrack with still photos and film clips. It conveys a general sense of unease and remoteness in urban people of 1961. I like it with the possible reservation that it relies too heavily on photographs. I think it’s very tricky to use still photos in a film and pull it off and I’m not sure that Lipsett is entirely successful. It’s good, but has a static quality, a reserve that I don’t fully admire. The filmmaker is too well-behaved and does not pull the trigger.
Theodore Ushev, the animator who made the ‘Help Haiti’s Children’ poster that we use on this blog, has a new short film coming. It’s called Lipsett Diaries and is about a Canadian experimental filmmaker Arthur Lipsett who struggled with mental problems and died very young. I think Ushev takes animation very seriously as art and film. I always want to draw something right after watching anything he’s made.