July 03, 2013

The Films of Arthur Lipsett

Arthur Lipsett's first film is an avant-garde blend of photography and sound. It looks behind the business-as-usual face we put on life and shows anxieties we want to forget. It is made of dozens of pictures that seem familiar, with fragments of speech heard in passing and, between times, a voice saying, "Very nice, very nice." It was critically acclaimed and plays frequently in festivals and film schools around the world.

Very Nice, Very Nice by Arthur Lipsett

This short film from Arthur Lipsett is an abstract succession of unrelated views of the passing crowd. A commentary on a machine-dominated society, it is often cited as an influence on George Lucas's Star Wars and his conceptualization of "The Force."

21-87 by Arthur Lipsett

Not only George Lucas (THX 1138, STAR WARS), but you can also see how Frances Ford Coppolla (THE CONVERSATION) and Steven Spielberg (AMBLIN', DUEL) were influenced by these films.

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