Above: a still from Ice (courtesy: Kramer Ink)
We don’t often run straight press releases here on the Arthur blog, but we’re gonna make an exception here. From our friends at New York City’s great Anthology Film Archives:
RETROSPECTIVE: THE FILMS OF ROBERT KRAMER
* First NYC retro in a decade devoted to committed radical American filmmaker
* Prime mover behind Newsreel movement
BRAND NEW 35MM PRINT of 1975’s MILESTONES will be shown!
The circulation of a new print of Robert Kramer’s 1975 film MILESTONES provides the perfect impetus for the first NYC retrospective in almost a decade devoted to one of the greatest and most committed of all radical American filmmakers. Among the prime movers behind the Newsreel movement, an underground media collective which produced some sixty documentaries and short films about radical political subjects and the anti-war movement, Kramer’s own early films are remarkable reports on revolutionary struggles in Latin America and Vietnam. Increasingly turning his attention to the state of the radical movement in the United States, he developed a highly distinctive approach, an intermixing of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking, which he would continue to pursue following his departure for Europe in the early 1980s. Based in Paris for the rest of his life (he would pass away in 1999), he nevertheless maintained a dialogue with the U.S., most memorably in his epic masterpiece, ROUTE ONE/USA.
Along with the new print of MILESTONES, this series will include all of his early American films, as well as ROUTE ONE/USA.
Special thanks to Adam Sekuler (Northwest Film Forum), Keja Kramer, Audrey Hilaire (Capricci Films), Kitty Cleary (MoMA), Richard Copans & Gaya Jiji (Les Films d’Ici), Marie-Pierre Lessard (Cinémathèque Québécoise), and Haden Guest & David Pendleton (Harvard Film Archive).
To be screened: