► RADIO ADIOS has been restored by Anthology Film Archives with support for the National Film Preservation Foundation and will be included on the forthcoming DVD box TREASURES 6: NEXT WAVE AVANT-GARDE.
Review of New York Film Festival screening by Mónica Savirón.
A superabundance of useless information effectively subdues freedom of speech. Condense and survive!
Radio Adios (1982) is a monologue in 12 plaited strands; an extremely precise, condensed and intensely rhythmic Busby Berkeleyish spectacle of an examination of conversational and literary language over a fair range of vocal timbre, microphones, volume settings and single-system sync peculiarities and its dissolution into music to the accompaniment of simultaneous Manhattan ambiances punctuated by fragments of jazz, personalized handheld camera movement, movement from cut to cut--juxtapositions of scale, pulsating changes in light intensity, a varying pallette of various filmstocks, generations, etc., at an appropriately furious pace and in strict one-track sync,.offering simultaneously several levels of apprehension or interpretation to encourage multiple viewings.
Brakhage says it's real.
Starring Hannah Weiner, Diane Ward, Sally Silvers, Jemeel Moondoc & Muntu, Aline Mayer, Jackson MacLow, Abigail Child, Charles Bernstein, Bruce Andrews and Rashied Ali on drums, with George Kuchar as a Maoist revolutionary.
Text published in O.ARS/3: TRANSLATIONS (Cambridge, 1983).