21. February 2016 · Comments Off on The Films of Arthur Lipsett · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Experimental Films, Visible Cinema · Tags: ,

The Films of Arthur Lipsett  – experimental film
mattby Matt Joyce

Arthur Lipsett (1936-1986) is one of the most mysterious and unique filmmakers within the tradition of experimental film in Canada. He is able both to reveal an interior world of such intense awareness while also inspiring within the viewer a felt experience of universal truths. Comparing two of his films, Free Fall (1964) and A Trip down Memory Lane (1965), and contrasting them with his first film, Very Nice, Very Nice (1961), we can see how Lipsett unveils, through his film collages and fractured soundscapes, layers of conditioned, received attitudes toward modern life, while probing the more complex and enmeshed motivations behind human behaviour. In so doing Lipsett is attempting to elicit an awakening – a conscious response – from a people who inhabit their external environment like sleepwalkers, allowing the moment to pass over them without questioning or examining its deeper meaning or truth. More »