Thom Andersen, Malcolm Brodwick
"A documentary about rock 'n' roll. Making, buying, selling. Radio, jukebox, scopitone, pinball, poolhall. Canned Heat, City Lights, Seeds of Time, LA Tymes. Llyn Foulkes, Charlie Watts. Chris & Craig, Duke of Earl. Seeburg, Wurlitzer. Standing, walking, jumping, singing, dancing, gesturing, surfing. LAPD, LA County Sheriffs Dept., The Trip, The Lynch Bldg. Tops, Pandora's Box, Maverick's Flat, someone's backyard. California Music Co. Riot in cell block number nine, riot on sunset strip. Hot rod, coin slot, go cart, bomp club. Hound Dog Man, King Creole. Kim Weston, The Rainbows, The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, Earl-Jean. Stupid girl, 19th nervous breakdown. Bill Haley & The Comets: you can get no further back than that. Wolfman Jack, Ernie Bushmiller, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, The Who, The Coasters. Great balls of fire. Standing at the crossroads of love. Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, John Cale, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Howlin Wolf, James Brown-The King. You can't catch me. Frankie Avalon, The Beatles, The Yardbirds. Wax reclamation, an early clue to the new direction. Mick Jagger/Earth Angel.
Documentary material organized by a predetermined structure. A sequence of picture-sound equations with randomly chosen terms. Vertically, --- ------- is completely structured; horizontally it is completely random. A pastiche of cinematography, a parody of montage. 1:2. 3:7. Right, left. Right to left-left to right. Up-down. Stasis, motion. Orange, magenta. Yellow, blue. Red, green. Magenta, orange. Blue, yellow. Green, red. 1:2, 1,5:3, 2:4, 3:6, 5:10, 8:16 . . ." ‚Äî Thom Andersen
Thom Andersen is a filmmaker, film critic, and teacher. He teaches film theory and history at the California Institute of the Arts, and has previously taught at the SUNY Buffalo and Ohio State University. In the early 60's, he studied film at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His films include Melting (1963), Olivia's Place (1965-74) and Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1974). His work with Noel Burch on the history of the Hollywood blacklist and the filmic writing of its victims has produced the book Les Communists de Hollywood: Autre chose que des martyrs (1994) and the film essay Red Hollywood (1995). His most recent work Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003), won the National Film Board Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Dr. Malcolm Brodwick is a biophysicist at UTMB. He collaborated with Thom Andersen on -- ----- (aka The Rock'n'Roll Film) constructing the soundtrack from a collection of pop records. The sound was organised according only to the lengths of the shorts not their content.
Thom Andersen, Malcolm Brodwick, --- ------ aka The Rock and Roll Film,
USA, 1966-67 ¬© Courtesy of the artists / Independent Cinema Office / LUX