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As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)

Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonas Mekas ... Self / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Brakhage Jane Brakhage ... Self (archive footage)
Stan Brakhage ... Self (archive footage)
Robert Breer Robert Breer ... Self (archive footage)
Hollis Frampton Hollis Frampton ... Self (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Self (archive footage)
Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs ... Self (archive footage)
Peter Kubelka Peter Kubelka ... Self (archive footage)
Adolfas Mekas Adolfas Mekas ... Self (archive footage)
Oona Mekas ... Self (archive footage)
Sebastian Mekas Sebastian Mekas ... Self (archive footage)
Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch ... Self (archive footage)
Nam June Paik Nam June Paik ... Self (archive footage)
P. Adams Sitney P. Adams Sitney ... Self (archive footage)
Andy Warhol ... Self (archive footage)
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Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As I Moved Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The ultimate Dogma movie before the birth of Dogma," is how its maker, Jonas Mekas described it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jonas Mekas: I have never been able, really, to figure out where my life begins and where it ends. I have never, never been able to figure it all out, what's all about. What it all means. So when I began, now, to put all these rolls of film together, to string them together, the first idea was to keep them chronologic. But then I gave up, and I just began splicing them together by chance, the way that I found them on the shelf, because I really did not know where any piece of my life really ...
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Soundtracks

Both Sides Now
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Judy Collins
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Nothing is too insignificant
21 October 2001 | by batesmanSee all my reviews

Mekas seemingly attempts to re/de construct his life, splicing together apparently random snippets of home movies he shot over the past 30-odd years. Birthdays, Travels, Picknicks in Central Park, his daughters first steps, a parade in New York City, jumbled and bunched together, occasionally introduced or accompanied by short bits of rumination in written or spoken form. Mekas comments his own life (at least the parts he decided to show us), talks of friends and family and things past. And of his Faible for all things unimportant, which is the core of this work of life. In the end it's an hypnotic, melancholic piece of epic proportions, an Ode to the small wonders of life, those "glimpses of beauty".


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