Go! Go! Go!

Go! Go! Go!
Director: Marie Menken

USA, experimental, 1962-1964, 12 min

Two years of patient filmmaking and recording even the smallest everyday details became Marie Menken’s famous New York opus “Go! Go! Go!”. It is an authentic experience of living in a giant metropolis, unfolding the never-ending chaos of movement. But the director sees beauty and harmony even here, showing how fickle and frail that being is. After these exhilarating twelve minutes, city life is seen from a different angle – as a sensitive and pulsatile organism.

About the director:

Marie Menken (real name Menkevičiūtė, 1909–1970) was an American experimental filmmaker and artist born in New York to a family of Lithuanian immigrants. Often called "the mother of avant-garde", the artist worked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas and Gerard Malanga. Creating art both in life and in her creations, Menken started out as painter and collage artist, but after discovering the art of cinema, she created about two dozen graceful experimental short films, exceptional in their rhythmical construction, colour and light play. They could easily be called exceptional visual poetry.

Section: Special Screenings: Avantgarde women programme curated by Jonas Mekas

Dir. of Photography: Marie Menken