Tree of Knowledge (Elective Affinities IV)
- Larry Gottheim
- United States
- 58 min
It started with filming the tree. Something was released in that manner of filming seemingly farthest removed from the procedure of the early films. I first thought a simple ordering of this rich material might be enough, something related to Barn Rushes. But the essential feelings and meanings of that filming held themselves back. So I pursued sounds of comparable texture and richness […] But the film only came into its form-life with the idea of linking this deep-rooted and far-outreaching tree material with that film on paranoia that had fascinated me for many years. (...)
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Larry Gottheim is a key figure in the history and development of American avant-garde cinema through the 1970s, born in 1936. In the first period of his work in the early 1970s, the films were made as sequence-shots (continuous or semi-continuous shooting. Constantly evolving throughout his career, his film work gradually transformed into a cinema of presence and observation. While addressing the genres of landscape, diary and found-footage film, Gottheim's cinema is constructed on a direct and sensual experience that collides with complex repetitive structures.