ED RUSCHA focuses on the narrative possibilities of film: Both of his diverting films are about wonderful and alluring cars, women and cookies.
Premium, USA 1969/70, 16 mm, 24‘, R: Ed Ruscha
based on the photo book Crackers published in 1969. Subtitle: "How to Derive the Maximum Enjoyment from Crackers". A film featuring Larry Bell, Leon Bing, Rudi Gernreich and Tommy Smothers.
Miracle, USA 1975, 16 mm, 28‘44‘‘, R: Ed Ruscha
„…the attitude comes out of a style of living and the taste of things… filtering the taste with the style of living and then coming up with statements. Like, Miracle is a product of everything I do, everything I think about, everything I buy… All that staff goes into the funnel and comes out, la da!“
quotation from an interview with Ed Ruscha about the film Miracle
Un Chant d'Amour is Jean Genet's only film, which he directed in 1950. Because of its explicit homosexual content, the 26-minute movie was long banned and was also disowned by Genet later in his life. The plot is set in a French prison, where a prison guard takes voyeuristic pleasure in observing the prisoners perform masturbatory sexual acts. Genet does not use sound in his film, forcing the viewer to completely focus on closeups of faces, armpits, and semi-erect penises. The film's highly sexualized atmosphere has been recognized as a formative factor for works such as the films of Andy Warhol.