Thom Andersen

Thom Andersen: Out of the Car and into the Music of the Streets

“Andersen’s film frees images from the yoke of instrumentality, revealing the city for what it is and allowing us to see what we otherwise cannot. It is at once theory and practice; not content to simply describe the new cinema, it embodies it… It teaches us how to see. ” –Bright Lights Film Journal

Jack H. Skirball Series

These three sad, funny, beautiful works take you through Los Angeles, 2009, and Munich, 1967/1968. Thom Andersen’s new film Get Out of the Car (2010, 34 min., 16mm) responds to his award-winning documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself by recording the city’s most evanescent signs, memorializing some of its vanished monuments and musical history. Get Out of the Car is screened with two 1960s shorts that served as points of inspiration and departure: The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp, (1968, 23 min., 35 mm) by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, with music by Johann Sebastian Bach and dialogue by Saint John of the Cross in a radical condensation of Ferdinand Bruckner’s three-act play Sickness of Youth; and The Little Chaos (1967, 10 min., 16mm) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a mordant commentary on the sickness of contemporary German youth, with music by Richard Wagner and the Troggs.

In person: Thom Andersen

Curated by Thom Andersen, Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Advanced Curators' Notes

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 11/22
8:30 pm
TUES 11/23 
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff