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Plays like a home movie

Author: classicsoncall from Florida, New York
27 October 2017

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Saul Levine was a physically small man, so when the eight millimeter camera format came out he embraced it because it was so much easier to handle than sixteen millimeter. He was also a radical activist, editing a rag for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the Sixties. This short seven minute piece records the aftermath of a snowstorm in Medford, Massachusetts and was created for a friend of his. As a film maker, Levine didn't go for neatly spliced frames when he edited his work, his are jagged and messy, which he regarded as an aesthetic statement. To each his own I guess. This more than anything looks like a badly recorded home movie, so if that's your thing, go for it. Otherwise you know what it's about. As a public service of mine offered here on IMDb, I watch them so you don't have to.

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Like a home movie filmed by a drunk.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
26 April 2012

This short film is from "American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 1"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird! Saul Levine's film, "Note to Pati", is completely silent--and looks in many ways like a badly shot home movie on 8mm stock. There are lots of abrupt cuts, shifts away from the subject and graininess to the film (I am not sure if this graininess was intentional or not). Much of the footage is a family cavorting about in the snow but it's really hard to tell what is happening due to the jerky motions of the camera. Frankly, I know it's supposed to be art, but it looks like a film Uncle Leo made back in the 1960s when he was highly intoxicated and his cataracts were really, really bad.

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