James Benning - California Trilogy

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Produced at the junction of two millennia, the California Trilogy is James Benning's three-part topographical study of America's "Golden State". Looking to the past while investigating the present, the mathematician-turned-filmmaker condenses three distinct Californian landscapes into a total of 105 shots, each exactly 2½ minutes long. Formal restraint and compositional precision combine with ambient sound and an unheard social commentary to create a hypnotic journey across the 31st US State; from the Great Central Valley (El Valley Centro) through greater Los Angeles (Los) to the Californian wilderness (Sogobi). This 2-disc set presents the complete California Trilogy for the first time ever on DVD.

Produced at the junction of two millennia, the California Trilogy is James Benning's three-part topographical study of America's "Golden State". Looking to the past while investigating the present, the mathematician-turned-filmmaker condenses three distinct Californian landscapes into a total of 105 shots, each exactly 2½ minutes long. Formal restraint and compositional precision combine with ambient sound and an unheard social commentary to create a hypnotic journey across the 31st US State; from the Great Central Valley (El Valley Centro) through greater Los Angeles (Los) to the Californian wilderness (Sogobi). This 2-disc set presents the complete California Trilogy for the first time ever on DVD.

The Films

El Valley Centro - USA 1999 - Directed, written, photographed, edited and produced by: James Benning - Premiere: January 22, 2000, Sundance Film Festival

Los - USA 2000 - Directed, written, photographed, edited and produced by: James Benning - Premiere: October 26, 2001, Viennale

Sogobi - USA 2000 - Directed, written, photographed, edited and produced by: James Benning - Premiere: February 7, 2002, Berlinale

DVD features (2-disc DVD)

DVD 1

  • El Valley Centro 1999, 87'
  • Los 2000, 87'

DVD 2

  • Sogobi 2001, 87'
  • 16 page bilingual booklet

Edited by: Österreichisches Filmmuseum Vienna
DVD authoring: Ralph Schermbach
DVD supervision: Oliver Hanley

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Price: 

29,95 EUR

Publisher: 

Label: 

Edition Filmmuseum

Publishing date: 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Runtime: 

261 min.

Discs: 

2

Region: 

Multizone

Video: 

PAL

Aspect ratio: 

4:3

Colour: 

Colour

Sound: 

DD2.0