by Ken Jacobs
Country: USA
Year: 2009
Duration: 22'

“The title refers to the viewer’s mental activities watching this movie. I assure
you, assistant Erik Nelson and I did everything possible to make seeing this
movie normally impossible. Please hang in with this, it can really be dazzling.
The dazzle subsides and one has met with a direct experience, with different
visual events for each viewer and at each viewing. You are the intrepid explorer
voyaging into cinema-art and confronting unpredictable form.”


film director

Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs (New York, 1933) debuted as a director in 1955 and in 1956 studied painting with Hans Hoffmann. Between 1966 and 1968, he directed the Millennium Film Workshop and in 1969 he founded the film faculty at the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 1996 the MoMA of New York dedicated a retrospective to him, and in 2004 he won the award for experimental film from the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association. Between 2007 and 2009, the Torino Film Festival presented a number of his films, including Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son, Return to the Scene of the Crime and The Scenic Route. This year the festival also presents Cyclopean 3D: Life with a Beautiful Woman (Waves).


Orchard Street (cm, 1955), Star Spangled to Death (1957-59), Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (1969), Spaghetti Aza (1976), Jerry Takes a Back Seat, Then Passes Out of the Picture (cm, 1987), The Subcinema (1990), A Tom Tom Chaser (cm, 2002), Capitalism: Slavery (cm, 2006), Razzle Dazzle - The Lost World (2007), The Scenic Route (cm, 2008), Return to the Scene of the Crime (2008), Anaglyph Tom (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) (2008), Blankets for Indians (mm, 2012), Cyclopean 3D: Life with a Beautiful Woman (mm, 2012).


& Credits

regia, soggetto,
sceneggiatura, fotografia,
montaggio, produttore/
director, story, screenplay,
cinematography, film
editing, producer
Ken Jacobs