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Label & Cat.Number: Cherry Red Records crdvd146
Release Year: 2007
Note: collection of his experimental art movies with ANTHONY BALCH & BRYON GYSIN !!
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €19.50
More Info"Unique collection comprising of all the films made during the lengthy period of collaboration between William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and the radical British film-maker Anthony Balch. Their partnership began in the '60's with Balch making a realtively straightforward film capturing the essence of Burroughs writing on film and capturing the key themes and situations featured in his books. Their following work was more avant garde, each scene being filmed and editied before they cut up the finished film and randomly spliced it back together to express Burroughs' work ethic. Ever since Balch's death in 1980, the experimental films remained untouched until the intervention of Psychic TV's Genesis P.Orridge salvaged and archived the footage. Bonus 50 minute film called "Ghosts at No. 9" uses cut-ups of film and superimpositions, material from the extensive archive of Psychick TV. Five films in total." [Boomkat]
"Following the success of their first DVD release "The Final Academy Documents" (CRDVD13), Cherry Red Records are delighted to announce the release of their follow-up DVD featuring one of the cultural icons of all time - William S. Burroughs. When writer William S Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin met Anthony Balch at the Beat Hotel in Paris at the start of the sixties they knew they had the ideal person to assist them in translating the ideas they had explored in experimental art forms to film. Balch began his moviemaking career collaborating with Burroughs on two shorts 'Towers Open Fire' and 'The Cut Ups'. The former is a relatively straightforward attempt to capture the essence of Burroughs writing on film, utilising key themes and situations featured in his books. The latter is an attempt to cinematically represent the art form. To achieve this each scene was filmed and edited in its entirety before the cut up method was applied - physically cutting the movie into foot long lengths and splicing them together randomly.
Following the death of Anthony Balch in 1980 the films remain untouched and virtually forgotten at his home until the intervention of Psychic TV's Genesis P.Orridge, who salvaged and archived them. This unique collection comprises all the films made during that lengthy period of collaboration between Burroughs, Gysin, and Balch. In addition to the finished works the video includes a 50 minute film called 'Ghosts at No. 9' which uses cut-ups of film and superimpositions, material from the extensive archive of Psychic TV and to which Orridge added the distinctive soundtrack - making "Thee Films" a unique and desirable addition to the collection of all Burroughs fans." [website info]
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