CEDAR BAR

V' 03

THE CEDAR BAR

Alfred Leslie
USA, 2003
Documentaries, 84min, OF

THE CEDAR BAR

Alfred Leslie
USA, 2003
Documentaries, 84min, OF

Cast: 
John Doman
Jack Luceno
Andy Reynolds
Anthony Leslie
Irinka Jakubiak
Georgia Hodes
George Vlachos
Donald L. Brooks
Crystal Field
Jason Knapp
Screenplay: 
Alfred Leslie
Sound: 
Alfred Leslie
Camera: 
Alfred Leslie
Editor: 
Alfred Leslie
Composer: 
Alfred Leslie
David Amram

Production: 
Edi Filmeii 313 East 6th Street New York, NY 10003, USA T 212 979 8284 aleslie@nyc.rr.com
World Sales: 
Edi Filmeii 313 East 6th Street New York, NY 10003, USA T 212 979 8284 aleslie@nyc.rr.com
Format: 
Video (Betacam SP)
Color

Legendary artist Willem de Kooning and some friends Joan Mitchell, Peter Martin, John Myers, Teddy Moore and others-battle with legendary art critic Clement Greenberg over art and sundry other issues one night in the Cedar Tavern, a favorite watering hole for artists. While they drunkenly argue, a barrage of images culled from a wide range of 20th century films, newsreels, musicals and porn flicks provide a context for their words. Ultimately a fight ensues and critic Greenberg is forced to leave.

Leslies belated exercise in pop assemblage is an omnivorous, object-like, compulsively layered tape thats as relentless in its way as his 1964 loop The Last Clean Shirt. The editing is exceedingly dense many clips no longer than 15 seconds and the visuals often overshadow the hysterical drama that centers on the spell cast by critic Clement Greenberg. (Jim Hoberman)