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The Naked Eye (1957);
Parting Glances (1986)

The Naked Eye (1957)
March 26, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Nancy Mysel, Film Preservationist, UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Preservation funded by The Film Foundation

The Naked Eye (1957)

Directed by Louis Clyde Stoumen

Director Louis Clyde Stoumen's evocative documentary on the art and history of photography begins with a quote from Ecclesiastes—"Truly the light is sweet..."—before a quick recounting of the medium's 100-year technical development. From there, Stoumen sharpens focus with extended narrative sequences on key artists. Alfred Eisenstaedt and Weegee are each featured while the second half is largely devoted to Edward Weston. In addition to traditional live-action footage, Stoumen, who taught film production classes at UCLA, brought scores of stills to life using a technique he called "photographic animation," predating Ken Burns' signature style by decades.

Camera Eye Pictures, Inc.. Producer: Louis Clyde Stoumen. Screenwriter: Louis Clyde Stoumen. Cinematographer: Louis Clyde Stoumen. Editor: Louis Clyde Stoumen. Cast: Raymond Massey, Weegee , Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Cole Weston. 35mm, 71 min.

Preservation funded by the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation with additional support provided by members of Outfest

Parting Glances (1986)

Directed by Bill Sherwood

In 1985, while the gay community seethed over the Reagan administration's indifference to AIDS, writer-director Bill Sherwood filmed this charmingly quirky piece that gracefully placed a human face on the epidemic. Over the course of 24 hours, lovers Michael (Richard Ganoung) and Robert (John Bolger) emotionally joust as Robert prepares to leave for overseas. A quasi-autobiographical character, Michael confronts his separation anxiety with ironic fortitude as he faces Robert's departure and the illness of his ex-lover and best friend, Nick, vividly played by Steve Buscemi. A meditation on the complexities in all relationships, Sherwood's film is also an atmospheric valentine to New York City.

Rondo Pictures. Producer: Yoram Mandel, Arthur Silverman. Screenplay: Bill Sherwood. Cinematographer: Jacek Laskus. Editor: Bill Sherwood. Cast: Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan, Kathy Kinney.

35mm, 90 min.

Preceded by:

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation

Wedlock (1950)

Directed by Louis Clyde Stoumen and Ed Spiegel

An experimental short co-directed by Stoumen while he was a graduate student at USC.

35mm, 4 min.

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Bridge: A True Story of a Troubled Child (1958)

Directed by Louis Clyde Stoumen and Abram D. Murray

Stoumen's short dramatic film about an emotionally troubled boy.

Camera Eye Pictures, Inc.. Producer: Bernice Block. Screenplay: Alan Marcus. Cinematographer: Edward R. Martin. Editor: Harry Robin. Narrator: Robert Ryan. Cast: Hugh Corcoran, Biff Elliot, Beverly Dvorett.

35mm, approx. 27 min.

Preceded by:

Preservation funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation

Christopher Street West's First Gay Parade (1970)

Directed by Pat Rocco

16mm, 13 min.