Andrew Noren

Andrew Noren (b. Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1943-d. North Carolina, 2015) was an american experimental filmmaker.

Andrew Noren started making avant-garde films since the mid-1960s. Since 1968 he worked on a multi-part diary film entitled The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse. Rarely screened, Noren's accomplished films are some of the finest examples of the transformative and abstract qualities of black-and-white film. His works are astonishing meditations on the essence of film that capture with reverie the simple beauty of domestic scenes.

'Cinema isn't materials. It's refined, imaginative seeing...darkness made visible. It existed long before modern devices, since the first opening of the first animal eyelid...scene one, take one. When solar light (Sun's thought?) and our own light-of-mind meet, whatever the medium, cinema is possible. This is a spiritual transaction. Sun's light emanates, projecting image of 'world' through 'eye' and into camera obscura of brain (a 'darkened chamber' indeed). Mind imagines... forming a scenario of intent and desire...and projects that light back through 'eye' onto 'world'. We blink. This intermittance creates our dubious dream of 'time'...belief in sequence of scene becomes 'before' and 'after'. Sequence requires duration...the rest is history! The eye you see 'it' with is the eye 'it' sees you with. Refinement in this area is possible...and desirable. This can be understood magically. This is the great primal cinema of animal of the longest-running movies in show biz... at which we are all captive spectators, asleep and awake, from first light to final fade.'

'All narrative films are really documentaries about actors pretending'


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