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9 April 2015: David Holzman's Diary

For Part #3 of our Teaser Screening series we're delighted to present Jim McBride's David Holzman's Diary, a legendary example of 60s counter-cinema.

David Holzman's Diary
Jim McBride
1967 | 74 min | B/W | Digital
Introduced by Mehelli Modi

"This is not turning out the way I thought it was…I thought this would be a film about things, about…the mystery…of things…I thought that I’d get this stuff on celluloid, you know, and I could…control it…I could run it back and forth, I could rearrange it, until I could see what it meant – my life on film. And I could understand…I could see what was going on…what the ongoing thing was – I could make a connection. That’s not what’s happened…” – David Holzman, July 21st, 1967
Shot in 1967, David Holzman's Diary is a milestone in contemporary film history. The film tells the story of David Holzman, a young man infatuated with film and filmmaking. Newly unemployed and beset with doubts and worries, Holzman thinks that filming his everyday existence will "bring life into focus".

"David Holzman’s Diary is in fact a great work of synthesis summarizing the very notions of the film director as subject (and therefore as superstar) and the camera as tool of self-scrutiny that the 60s film explosion inspired. And its ambiguities about the various crossovers between documentary and fiction remain as up to date as the films of Kiarostami." – Jonathan Rosenbaum