Who Inspired Who? Films by Bruce Conner

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First show: December 16

Part of ALONG FOR THE RIDE: A TRIBUTE TO DENNIS HOPPER

© Images courtesy of Conner Family Trust.

Dennis Hopper called Bruce Conner “the most important artist of the 20th century.” Conner and Hopper were longtime friends and collaborators. This program includes landmarks of American experimental cinema such as A MOVIE, a film Hopper has said of it was an inspiration for editing Easy Rider, and BREAKAWAY. Hopper held the lights while Conner filmed Toni Basil dancing in this 1966 dance/film masterpiece.


A MOVIE
1958, 16mm, b&w/so, 12 min.
Conner’s groundbreaking film, inducted in the National Film Registry. Conner put together snippets of found footage, taken from B-movies, newsreels, soft-core pornography, novelty short films, and other sources, to a musical score featuring Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS
1961–67, 16mm, color/so, 3 min.
A visionary travelogue documenting a psychedelic ‘trip’ through rural Mexico and urban America. Music by The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows” (1966)

BREAKAWAY
1966, 16mm, b&w/so, 5 min.
A dance film viewed twice (once forward, once backward) in five minutes. Music by Ed Cobb. Dance and vocal by Toni Basil (Antonia Christina Basilotta)

MEA CULPA
1951, 16mm, b&w/so, 5 min.
In his first collaboration with David Byrne and Brian Eno, Conner used footage from educational films to create a rhythmically austere image-track for music from their pioneering #sampling# album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981).

COSMIC RAY
1961, 16mm, b&w/so, 4 min.
Bruce Conner uses Ray Charles’ 1959 classic “What’d I Say” as a backdrop to his short film cut together from his home movies, war footage, and a cartoon.

CROSSROADS
1976, DCP, b&w/so, 36 min.
Conner’s most controversial film. It consists solely of images of atomic tests, set to music by Terry Riley.


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