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Cooperation of Parts1987

  • 4.5
In Daniel Eisenberg filmic attempt to assemble a new version of himself, he combines text from Edmond Jabès, Roland Barthes, Theodor Adorno, Franz Kafka and paraphrases of material from Paul Valèry and John Ashbery. He was also inspired by his father's almost daily use of proverbs, taking some from "Racial Proverbs: A Selection of the World's Proverbs Arranged Linguistically with Authoritative Introductions to the Proverbs of 27 Countries and Races" by Selwyn Gurney Champion (and some from Ben Franklin’s "Poor Richard’s Almanac"). Others Eisenberg constructed himself or from memories. He blends this with footage he shot on a hand-cranked 16mm Bolex on trip to Europe during the spring and summer of 1983. Using the camera to record what he saw and capture his own responses, Eisenberg explores the concepts that shaped his identity. All of this is punctuated with musical fragments and sound effects, most effectively at the end of the film in the form of Maurice Ravel’s "Gaspard de la nuit" and his song "Soupir". Eisenberg wrote that “in COOPERATION OF PARTS, identity, history and formal manipulation of material found a kind of equilibrium with formal choices echoing the personal ones." - Stela Jelincic

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