Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man

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Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man

Jonas Mekas
USA, 2013
Documentaries, 68min, OF

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Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man

Jonas Mekas
USA, 2013
Documentaries, 68min, OF

Screenplay: 
Jonas Mekas
Sound: 
Jonas Mekas
Camera: 
Jonas Mekas
Editor: 
Jonas Mekas

Production: 
Jonas Mekas
World Sales: 
Re:Voir
Format: 
DigiBeta
Color

In my editing room there is a shelf with many cans of film going back as far as 1950. There are all materials that relate to my finished films, from 1950 till now, but they somehow could not find a place in them. They are, in filmmaking language, outtakes. And they are all slowly fading. Some are already faded. On the occasion of my Serpentine show, I decided that the time had come to finally collect all this footage in my final film – as – film. Result of that decision is this film. Footage covers a lot of home life and materials that I took of my friends, the city, nature, and during the visits to Lithuania. All put together in my usual random chance “order.” (Jonas Mekas)
“Before movies were edited on computers, they were cut with a blade and the resultant pieces often joined together with glue or tape, a labor-intensive task. Jonas Mekas looks like a factory worker at that table, which seems paradoxical given that he abandoned industrial filmmaking, but it also fits his cinematic labors of love.” (Manohla Dargis)
 

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