FALL

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THE FALL

Peter Whitehead
GB/USA, 1969
120min, OF

THE FALL

Peter Whitehead
GB/USA, 1969
, 120min, OF

Cast: 
Alberta Tiburzi
Stokely Carmichael
Robert Lowell
Paul Auster
Tom Hayden
Mark Rudd
H. Rap Brown
Arthur Miller
Robert Rauschenberg
Angelo Mannsraven
Gloria Steinem
Peter Whitehead
Sound: 
Anthony Stern
Camera: 
Peter Whitehead
Editor: 
Peter Whitehead
Composer: 
The Nice
P. P. Arnold

Production: 
Lorrimer Films
World Sales: 
Contemporary Films 24 Southwood Lawn Road London N6 5SF, Großbritannien T 20 8340 5715 inquiries@contemporaryfilms.com
Format: 
16 mm
Color

Whitehead was his own one-man film unit and was fond of asynchronous images and sound, allowing new meanings and feelings to arise from the creative use of incongruity. The exemplar of his approach, the dizzyingly impressionistic essay-movie The Fall, was filmed on the streets of New York between October 1967 and the merry month of May 1968. Like many a 60ies Englishman in America - Hockney, Boorman, Schlesinger, Peter Watkins - Whitehead came to the U.S. equipped with freshly-peeled eyeballs and saw a turbulent, vibrant, violent nation in ways Americans themselves often did not. The Fall is unlike any other record of the period - a time a lot like now, full of anti-war and civil-rights demos and profound national self-examination - perhaps because its very obscurity has kept it fresh. (John Patterson)

I stopped making films in the 70ies, after The Fall, in which I filmed the demos at Columbia University and witnessed close-up the brutality of the police, cracking heads with venom. At that time I thought I could change the world and, by being part of it while it evolved, attach myself to the world as a participator. However, I began to realise that in my role behind the camera, I was simply a voyeur. So if I couldn't change the world, maybe I should change myself. (Peter Whitehead)