One of America’s foremost practitioners of the essay film presents a major new work inspired by the writings of Gilles Deleuze on cinema. Andersen’s The Thoughts That Once We Had is a richly layered journey through cinematic history, masterfully edited as it playfully moves across decades and genres, and suffused at every turn by the renowned filmmaker and critic’s lifelong passion for the movies.
Thom Andersen’s remarkable and sadly neglected hour-long documentary adroitly combines biography, history, film theory, and philosophical reflection. Muybridge’s photographic studies of animal locomotion in the 1870s were a major forerunner of movies; even more interesting are his subsequent studies of diverse people, photographed against neutral backgrounds.
Directed and written by Thom Andersen and Noel Burch. Narrated by Billy Woodberry. “The victims of the Hollywood blacklist have been canonized as martyrs, but their film work in Hollywood is still largely denigrated or ignored. Red Hollywood considers this work to demonstrate how the Communists of Hollywood were sometimes able to express their ideas in the films they wrote and directed.” — Noel Burch & Thom Andersen | | | | | “Makes a significant (and entertaining) contribution to the saga of the blacklist.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice | | | | | “A highly illuminating, groundbreaking, and entertaining video documentary by Thom Andersen and Noel Burch about the film work of Hollywood communists… using commentaries, interviews, and a good many film clips…. [O]ffers new ways of looking at these films and also at Hollywood movies in general.” — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
This documentary examines how Los Angeles has been portrayed by Hollywood and the impact of the movie industry on the city.