THE RETURN TO THE RETURN TO REASON
EPFC | July 20th, 2015
MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Scott Fitzpatrick
Good evening friends of Echo Park Film Center and welcome back for another installment of Marvelous Movie Mondays. The theme for July has been “POST-FILM” – material films made entirely without the use of photochemical processes. Tonight we have a special treat, as this movie isn’t usually available online, but I have permission to share it with you for the rest of the month (i think!) .. “The Return to The Return to Reason,” by super-rad filmmaker Sabine Gruffat, is “a scratch film for the 21st century”. For this piece a digital laser engraver was used to meticulously etch every frame of Man Ray’s seminal 1923 film “Le Retour à la Raison (A Return to Reason)” – the first instance of the Rayogram – onto 35mm black leader, and the result is mesmerizing. I like this movie next to Libi Striegl’s piece I shared last week, because they both explore really cool, unexpected technological collisions. Hope you enjoy too !