Thom Andersen, The Thoughts That Once We Had at GFF19

1 March 2019

CCA Cinema
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
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Thom Andersen, The Thoughts That Once We Had, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and LUX.

The movie was not calculated to drive liberals crazy; it just turned out that way.’ – Thom Andersen

The most recent essay film by the maker of Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) is a personal history of cinema prompted both by the theories of Gilles Deleuze and classic Hollywood musical comedies. Composed entirely from found-footage that ranges from the Marx Brothers to Pedro Costa, Thoughts is an absorbing and entertaining response to Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema (1988).

Thom Andersen’s reflections on the movies have been further elaborated in the recently published book Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema (2017, The Visible Press).

With an introduction by curator and co-founder of Visible Press, Mark Webber.