Echoes Of Silence

Echoes Of Silence

Synopsis

"Peter Emanuel Goldman’s Echoes of Silence, [is] a micro-budget slice of New American Cinema shot on ragged black-and-white 16mm between 1962 and 1965. Set in the streets, bars, and cheap apartment buildings of New York, and starring a handful of the director’s friends and whatever passersby the camera happened to catch, it's filmed with the resources of a guerrilla documentarian and shot with the eye of a poet. Echoes of Silence is completely dialogue-free, but never silent. In place of digenetic sound, there’s an omnipresent jazz soundtrack.  Goldman’s restless, roving camerawork anticipates the first-person, experiential shooting style that the filmmaker’s friend Jonas Mekas was just then adopting. Goldman’s approach here […] is characterized above all by […] profound sympathy for the lonely and the alone." – Max Nelson