sábado, 11 de diciembre de 2010
Dead Birds - Gardner (1965)
Runtime: 83 (+ approx. 65 in extra features)
Language: English (Narrated Voiceover), Dugu Dani
Country: USA | Papua New Guinea
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059091/
Director: Robert Gardner
“When I walked away from watching Dead Birds I almost seemed to stagger inside myself! Today I am still jarred by it and still trying to understand the guilty significance of what it tells us about ourselves. The terrible thing is that they remind us so much of ourselves. It is unlike any other movie I have ever seen... Robert Gardner’s film is dazzling!” — Robert Lowell
“The filming of Dead Birds is a genuine breakthrough in our capacity to record and communicate! It binds the distant past and the future towards which men are moving...” — Margaret Mead
“Films like Dead Birds... ...are sublime and beautiful poems in which each society Gardner films becomes a metaphor for the tenderness and cruelty of all human existence, the tenderness and cruelty we are all capable of recognizing when we look deep into our own hearts. Gardner's “ethnographic” films are about people he does not claim to especially to love. The human need for love, which is the other face of the human resistance to loving and being loved, is the subject of his films...” — William Rothman in Documentary Film Classics
“Life in the New Guinea highlands, including warfare, pig exchange, agriculture, and domestic life has been beautifully depicted.” — Tom Driver in Liberating Rites: Understanding the Transformative Power of Ritual
Dead Birds is a film about the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem high in the mountains of West Papua. When I shot the film in 1961, the Dani had a classic Neolithic culture. They were exceptional in the way they dedicated themselves to an elaborate system of ritual warfare. Neighboring groups, separated by uncultivated strips of no man's land, engaged in frequent battles. When a warrior was killed in battle or died from a wound and even when a woman or a child lost their life in an enemy raid, the victors celebrated and the victims mourned. Because each death needed to be avenged, the balance was continually adjusted by taking life. There was no thought of wars ever ending, unless it rained or became dark. Wars were the best way they knew to keep a terrible harmony in a life that would be, without them, much drearier and unimaginable.
Dead Birds has a meaning that is both immediate and allegorical. In the Dani language the words refer to the weapons and ornaments recovered in battle. Their other more poetic meaning comes from the Dani belief that people, because they are like birds, must die.
Dead Birds was an attempt to film a people from within and to see, when the chosen fragments were assembled, if they could speak not only about the Dani but also about ourselves.
The linked archive includes the remastered Dead Birds and the following extra features:
* • 6 sequences of edited scenes cut from the first answer print of Dead Birds with original narration and a commentary by Robert Gardner and Lucien Taylor.
* • An audio track of commentary by Robert Gardner and Ross McElwee.
* • A French language track narrated by Jean Rouch.
* • A gallery of photographs shot during the making of Dead Birds and accompanied by excerpts read by Robert Gardner from his field journals.
* • An excerpt from a television interview featuring a conversation about Dead Birds between Octavio Paz, William Alfred and Robert Gardner.
* • 2 sequences from a black and white print of Dead Birds made at the time of the film 's release. These are accompanied by a conversation by Robert Gardner and Lucien Taylor.
* • Previously unreleased outtakes from the archive of footage shot for Dead Birds.
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