Robert Nelson: RAN with the Movie Camera 4

Date: 8 May 2006 | Season: Robert Nelson

Monday 8 May 2006, at 8pm

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Robert Nelson, King David, USA, 1970/2002, 16mm, 9 min
Preserved by the Academy Film Archive
Whilst filming in a San Francisco park, Nelson and Henderson met street prophet ‘King David’, who proceeds to communicate some of his beliefs about life and religious mythology. (MW)

Robert Nelson, Hamlet Act, USA, 1982, 16mm, 22 min
Hamlet Act demonstrates what can be done when a film text is made to oppose a theatrical text, creating a new synthesis. The dialectic oppositions set up between film/video, film/theatre, video/theatre, and film/video/theatre create a total transformation of Hamlet from its pre-20th century signification system to a contemporary signification system. Hamlet, caught in the web of psychological forces is seen, through his position between film/video/theatre, as a metaphor for contemporary technology.” (Owen Shapiro)

Robert Nelson, Suite California Stops and Passes: Part I, USA, 1976/2003, 16mm, 35 min
“A funky odyssey into both Nelson’s personal history and that of his state. It has a quality of playfulness as Nelson experiments with varying juxtapositions of sounds and images. It is a carefully structured, painstaking work of much beauty and emotional impact that reaffirms Robert Nelson’s gifts as a very personal, very venturesome filmmaker.” (Kevin Thomas)