Out-Takes From The Life Of A Happy Man

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"A motion picture composed of brief diaristic scenes not used in completed films from the years 1960-2000; and self-referential video footage taped during the editing. Brief glimpses of family, friends, girl-friends, the City, seasons of the year, travels. Occasionally I talk, reminisce, or play music I taped during those earlier years, plus more recent piano improvisations by Auguste Varkalis. It's a kind of autobiographical, diaristic poem, celebration of happiness and life. I consider myself a happy man." -J.M.(c) Anthology


Critic Reviews for Out-Takes From The Life Of A Happy Man

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

  • Like so much of his life's work, the movie is a gift from a man who, in between making films and writing about them, helped establish both the Film-Makers' Cooperative and Anthology Film Archives.

    Apr 24, 2013 | Rating: 4/5
  • The result is alternately elegiac and akin to watching a photograph fade in real time.

    Apr 23, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Though they capture the past, these preserved images exist to please whoever receives them in the present.

    Apr 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The flight of a white gull, right to left across the water is as rapturous an image as ever committed to celluloid.

    Jul 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Jonas Mekas's camera is never passive, often seeming to feed upon sensation that energizes it to the point of jittery transcendence.

    Apr 25, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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