Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

March 5, 2021

Joe Dallesandro in MERRY-GO-ROUND, with Maria Schneider (France, 1981)

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MERRY-GO-ROUND (France 1981), directed by Jacques Rivette


music (performed on-screen!) by Barre Phillips and John Surman

made in 1979, released in 1981

I don’t believe that this got a general US theatrical release (other than a screening at the Museum Of Modern Art in NY, which is a good place for it to get the appreciation it deserves), which is a shame because it’s a unique creation and is edgy and chance-taking while pulling you into its distinctive world and also its original conception of cinema-time. It’s both hyper-real and not like any “reality” you know.

This is a 2 1/2 hour film, so allow a block of time to watch it in a unified way and not over a few days.

Another fascinating performance from the great JOE DALLESANDRO in a fascinating film that any creative artist in any discipline can learn from, IMHO.


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