Robert Breer
Robert Breer
Film/Video
BREER ON BREER
AN EVENING WITH ROBERT BREER


FRIDAY,
FEBRUARY 25, 2000,
8 PM

$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS)

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Best known as an animator today, Robert Breer was an American painter in Paris during the 1950s when he began exploring the film medium. With roots in the graphic cinema of Richter and Eggeling, Breer began creating animations with his first series of films, Form Phases I-IV (1952-1954). Following these first experiments, he moved on to study motion through his flip books and then worked in collage films. At the end of the 1950s, he returned to New York, where he continues to work as a filmmaker, painter, and sculptor. With more than 40 films to his credit, Breer has established himself as an entertainer and artist whose short, playful animations and self-propelled sculptures possess an effervescent energy. He infuses his work with a dry wit and visual cleverness that has delighted his following for decades, despite being rarely screened in the United States. Anthology Film Archives Artistic Director Jonas Mekas says, "We look at Breer's work and we begin to smile lightly, inside, a happy sort of smile . . . like when you see anything beautiful and perfect."

TIME FLIES
TIME FLIES


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Films to be screened include Recreation (1956-1957), 2 minutes; Homage to Jean Tinguely's "Homage to New York" (1960), 10 minutes; Blazes (1961), 3 minutes; Pat's Birthday (1962), 13 minutes; 69 (1968), 5 minutes; Fuji (1974), 10 minutes; Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pidgeons (1980), 6 minutes; and Time Flies (1997), 5 minutes.