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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 1, Spring

After the Fall: Politics, Representation, and the Permanence of Empire in the Cinema of Peter Whitehead
Peter Whitehead's difficult and disturbing 1969 masterpiece The Fall is a fiercely po liti cal and, by now, a richly historical film. In it, the British Whitehead addresses the great conflicts and pressures of his day, which far transcend the film's...
An Excellent Lesson in Partisan Theater, 1968
The staging of a play by Peter Brook and the Royal Shakespeare Company unfolds before our eyes. It is US, a sequence of tableaux on the war waged by the United States in Vietnam, which includes scenes of debate between Brook and his actors, as well as...
A Woman Is a Woman
A Woman Is a WomanDirected and written by Jean- Luc Godard. Director of photography, Raoul Coutard. Music, Michel Legrand. Distributed by Amanda. French. En glish Subtitles. Original title: Une Femme est une Femme. Scope. Eastman COLOUR. Cert X. 85 mins.Angela,...
Benefit of the Doubt, Review, 1965
Regrettably it hasn't been possible to see the spectacle of collective creativity staged by Peter Brook with the Royal Shakespeare Company in October 1966 and called US (U.S. = United States and Us = ourselves) in any place other than London. In fact,...
Benefit of the Doubt, Review, Variety, 1967
Principal appeal is for theatre buffs, but has added interest as an individual British view of the Vietnam war. Unlikely for theatrical market.A fair sampling of scenes from the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage production of US is offered in this film,...
Charlie Is My Darling, Press Release
It was the success of Peter Whitehead's fi lm WHOLLY COMMUNION, a half documentary of the International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall, London, June 1966, that lead [sic] to the invitation by Andrew Oldham, the Manager of the Rolling Stones,...
Charlie Is My Darling, Review, Variety, 1966
Charlie, world- preemed [premiered] at the just concluded Mannheim fi lm festival, is the fi rst pic on Britain's Rolling Stones. Technically, it demonstrates what its creator, 29- year- old Peter Whitehead, describes as "the method of direct cinema."...
Contract with Jean-Luc Godard for Lorrimer Edition of Alphaville
LORRIMER FILMS LIMITED18 Carlisle StreetSohoLondon W1telephone GERard 4417To: Jean Luc Godard Esq.,19th March 1966Dear Jean Luc Godard"ALPHAVILLE"We are prepared to publish a book of a translation into En glish of the original script and treatment used...
Coogan's Bluff
Coogan's BluffDirected and produced by Don Siegel. Screenplay by Herman Miller, Dean Riesner and Howard Rodman. Director of photography, Bud Thackery. Editor, Sam E. Waxman. Music, Lalo Schifrin. Art Directors, Alexander Golitzen and Robert C. MacKichen....
Early Film Documents
This selection of early texts consists of proposals for Peter Whitehead's fi rst two short fi lms, The Theft (UK, 1963) and Parallels (UK, 1963)- here called Images. They were written as funding applications submitted to the British Film Institute's...
Editorial
Peter Whitehead is the quintessence of eclecticism. Though best known as a fi lmmaker whose body of work from the second half of the sixties is a vital documentation of the era's countercultural expression in London and New York, Whitehead has also worked...
Film Treatment: Orpheus Inc
Orpheus Inc. was a project that Peter Whitehead developed and proposed as a fi lm vehicle for Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull. Written between 1967 and 1968, the treatment gained support from producer Sam Spiegel who, after seeing Tonite Let's All...
From Alienation to Hallucination: Peter Whitehead's the Fall and the Politics of Perception in the 1960s
On September 26, 1967, the New York Film Festival screened the program "The London Scene," comprising two documentaries by thirty- year- old British filmmaker Peter Whitehead, who had flown to America for the occasion. Both the rollicking Tonite Let's...
Hors D'oeuvre: Science, the Short Film, and the Perception of Life
I no longer know if I'm looking with my naked eye at a starry sky or at a drop of water in a microscope.Blaise Cendrars, "Profound Today" (1917)Hors d'oeuvre, French for "outside of the work," commonly brings to mind small dishes that come prior to an...
I Destroy Therefore I Am . . . , Interview, Films and Filming, 1969
This major interview appeared in the January 1969 issue of Films and Filming. Along with a similar piece that was published virtually in parallel by Stephen Crofts in Cinema, it represents one of Whitehead's key statements made on the subject of The...
I Dream Therefore I Am. I Doubt Therefore I Film, Guardian, 2002
The following is the full, unedited text of an article by Peter Whitehead that appeared in the Guardian on November 22, 2002. It was published on the occasion of a series of screenings focused on Whitehead's work held at the Other Cinema in London, called...
Interview with Peter Whitehead
The interviewer and source of the following interview are unknown; taken from the Nohzone Archives.Why did you choose to film Peter Brook's play?I didn't intend to make a film about the Vietnam War, but to address the problem of the artist confronting...
Letters about Benefit of the Doubt, 1967
The following correspondence points to the link between Benefit of the Doubt and a different set of problems. In September 1967, after producing the film with the full assistance of Brook and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Whitehead received a short...
Letters to Andrew Oldham
The following correspondence between Peter Whitehead and Andrew Loog Oldham details their contact following the completion of Charlie Is My Darling. The letters are notable because of Whitehead's frequent references to an emerging project concerned with...
Lorrimer Letters
The following are letters between Peter Whitehead and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Thorold Dickinson written during 1965- 1966.Peter Whitehead to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1965- 196618 Carlisle St.,London. W.1.26 Oct 65Dear Lawrence,Someone ought to write...
Manifesto: Re Self in Film
Early critical responses to The Fall sought to position it as "narcissistic" on account of the extent to which Whitehead himself was visible onscreen. In these notes, originally prepared in 2007, Whitehead considers such claims and explains the intellectual...
"More Problems Than Solutions," 1967
US was a controversial play about a controversial subject. Whitehead's Benefit of the Doubt captured this sense of outrage and radicalism through its use of footage of the play itself intercut with interviews with director Peter Brook and a number of...
Oedipus Rex
Oedipus RexDirected by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Produced by Alfredo Bini. Screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Director of Photography, Giuseppe Ruzzolini. Editor, Nino Baragli. An Arco production, distributed by Ea gle. Italian. En glish subtitles. Original...
One Plus One
If you add one plus one together, what should you get? Construction. If you take one and split it down the centre and make two, what have you got? Destruction.Godard's film is about a number of things simultaneously, as all films are. (What film is not...
Other Than Vérité: Sound and Moving Image in the Rock Music Documentaries of Peter Whitehead
When we think of music documentary and the emergence of rock in the 1960s, the classic fi lms of American cinema verité or direct cinema readily come to mind-What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (Maysles brothers, US, 1964), Dont Look Back (D....
Paris Vu Par . .
Paris vu par . . .Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Jean Daniel Pollet, Jean Rouch, Jean Douchet and Eric Rohmer. Produced by Barbet Schroeder. Editor, Jacqueline Raynal. A Les Films du Losange production, distributed by Amanda...
Peter Whitehead: Chronology
1937 Peter Lorrimer Whitehead is born in Liverpool, En gland.1940 Moves to Southport after father leaves for Iran.1941 Moves to Leyland, where mother works in factory making Spitfi re airplanes. Attends Leyland Methodist School.1943 Moves to Carnforth,...
Peter Whitehead's the Fall Revisited
Within its first two minutes, Peter Whitehead's The Fall lets us know that it is a movie on amphetamines. From the get- go, images hurtle across the screen: a young woman's eye, heavily made- up and fringed with spidery false lashes; a bomber jet; a...
Peter Whitehead's the Perception of Life and the Biological Aesthetic
For several years now, I have cotaught a fi lm studies course with a biologist: The Biology of Science Fiction Film.1 Designed as a genre course in cinema and an exploration of some signifi cant concepts in biology, the course asks both professors and...
Peter Whitehead: The Slade Years
Eternal ReturnThere's a story Peter Whitehead likes to tell about his masterpiece, The Fall. He had decided to abandon fi lmmaking for good while attending its premiere at the 1969 Edinburgh Film Festival, and later that year, after its brief run at...
Pierrot le Fou
This essay collects the reviews of films by Godard that Whitehead wrote for Films and Filming. The review of One Plus One was prepared by Whitehead after seeing the film in 1968, but it did not appear in the magazine. It is published here for the first...
Re-Creating the Gaze: Peter Whitehead's Cinema and the Films of Others
Back to the SixtiesIt was in the Sixties that the twentieth century faced up to itself, casting offthe guardianship and moral blackmail of the preceding century and cultivating, with arrogance and bravado, the seeds of negativity, monstrosity and indecency...
Second Take of Imaginary Narration
This text is transcribed from the finished version of The Fall. It is a monologue that is spoken in the opening scenes of part two of the film: "The Word." It is the narration in Peter Whitehead's voice as he writes at the table and Alberta dances around...
Shooting Star: Peter Whitehead and 1960s Documentary
A de cade into the twenty- first century, the 1960s remains a period whose significance and image remains to be recovered and contested. There is the dominant and mediatized version, that of "flower power" and Swinging London, and there is the version...
Standing in the Shadow: Peter Whitehead, Swinging London's Insider/Outsider
The fate that awaits the creator, after being ignored, neglected, despised, is, luckily or unluckily according to point of view, to be discovered by the non- creative.R. D. Laing, Politics of Experience (1967)1I certainly don't feel easy- going about...
The Fall Dossier: Extracts
Writing in the Guardian, Derek Malcolm once commented that "Whitehead was always the chronicler of public events and the way they relate to private experience."1 Among the material that makes up Whitehead's archive, this intersection is particularly...
The Inner Space Project, Review Essay, Afterimage: Film and Politics, 1970
This review essay appeared in the first issue of Afterimage: Film and Politics (April 1970).When Peter Whitehead began to shoot The Fall he was a man behind a camera, looking at events through the peephole of its viewfinder to make a documentary record...
Theorem
TheoremDirected by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Produced by Franco Rossellini. Original screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Director of photography, Giuseppe Ruzzolini. Music, Ennio Morricone. Distributed by Ea gle. Italian. En glish subtitles. Original title...
The Perception of Life Documents
While studying at Cambridge University, Peter Whitehead worked in the Medical Research Council Unit at the university's Cavendish Laboratory. The following notes, written specially for this volume, outline this work and point to its infl uence upon his...
The Sergeant
The SergeantDirected by John Flynn. Produced by Richard Goldstone. Screenplay by Dennis Murphy based on his novel. Director of photography, Henri Persin. Editor, Francoise Diot. Music, Michel Magne. Art director, Mark Frederix. A Robert Wise Productions...
"The Ultimate Doomed Victims of the Romantic Dream": Jean-Luc Godard/Peter Whitehead
"And what about you? What are you looking for?"René Daumal, Mont Analogue (1939)An exploration of the relationship between the work of Peter Whitehead and Jean- Luc Godard allows us to open a new chapter in the history of comparative arts. Godard's artistic...
"The Wanderer," Part 1
Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time: the brain is a hologram enfolded in a holographic...
The Warsaw Ghetto
This short essay was originally written for the Time Out publication, 1000 Films to Change Your Life (London: Time Out, 2006). It appeared under the title "Unforgettable, Unforgivable."The University Cinema Club met in the Cambridge Arts Cinema to watch...
Thomas the Imposter
Between 1966 and 1969, Peter Whitehead wrote a series of reviews for the British fi lm magazine Films and Filming. The magazine had begun in 1954 and would be published monthly up until 1990. At the time of Whitehead's involvement, it was edited by the...
Through the Lens, Darkly: Peter Whitehead and the Rolling Stones
Despite their seminal importance in rock history- institutionally memorialized as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame laureates; eco nom ical ly powerful for almost half a century through outstanding market success and clever product and tour management; and,...
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London Review, Films and Filming, 1968
Directed, produced, photographed and edited by Peter Whitehead. A Lorrimer Film production. British. Colour. Cert A. 78 mins.With JULIE CHRISTIE; MICHAEL CAINE; LEE MARVIN; THE ROLLING STONES; THE ANIMALS; EDNA O'BRIEN; ALAN ALDRIDGE and DAVID HOCKNEY.Marx...
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London Review, Variety, 1967
(British-Documentary-Color)A smashing time is had by all in swinging London. Brash, colourful entry has good commercial chances.Reviewed at press screening of N.Y. Film Festival, Sept. 26, 1967.Subtitle for this fi lm is "Pop Concerto for Film," and...
Two Film Treatments: "Proposal" and Mein Campf
Aware of The Rolling Stones' massive international popularity, Peter Whitehead proposed a tele vi sion series to Andrew Oldham that was entitled The Union Jacks and starred the Stones (clearly infl uenced by The Monkees' series on NBC, 1966- 1968). Oldham...
Two Film Treatments: Protest and the Fall
When developing The Fall, Peter Whitehead drew upon a range of ideas and scenarios he had previously worked with in the early sixties. While still a student at the Slade, he had experimented with writing projects concerned with protest and the act of...
Weekend
WeekendDirected and written by Jean- Luc Godard. Director of photography, Raoul Coutard. Editor, Agnes Guillemot. Music, Antoine Duhamel and Mozart's Piano Sonato K576. A Comacico/Copernic/Lira/ Ascot Cineraid production, distributed by Connoisseur....
Whitehead's London: Pop and the Ascendant Celebrity
London offers the best and the worst in the world.Michelangelo AntonioniSwinging London: the psychedelic gibbet. A colour- supplement commission dressed up as a movie. Photographers shooting photographers.Iain SinclairThe most infl uential written document...
Wholly Communion: Films and Filming Review, 1966
Directed, produced, photographed and edited by Peter Whitehead. A Lorrimer Films production. British. Cert A. 35 mins.ALLEN GINSBERG (from "The Change," Andrei Voznesensky's "The Three- Cornered Pear/America" and a Tibetan hymn), LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI...
Wholly Communion, Literary Nationalism, and the Sorrows of the Counterculture
all those americans here writing about america it's time to give somethingback, after allour heroes were always the gangster the outlaw whysurprised you act like itnow, a placethe simplest man was always the most complex you gave methe usual things,...
Wholly Communion: Notes on the Filming
Peter Whitehead wrote this short statement for Wholly Communion, the paperback he published in 1966 to accompany the fi lm. It was the fi rst publication of his Lorrimer Books imprint. The text contained an introduction by the poet and novelist Alexis...
Wholly Communion: Scenario, Film, Novelization
The phrase "wholly communion" is a recurring motif in Peter Whitehead's fi lm and fi ction, punning on the Holy Communion of Christianity and on at least two forms of communion that Whitehead aimed to achieve in his cinema of the 1960s- that which breaks...
Wholly Communion: Truths, Histories, and the Albert Hall Poetry Reading
We're present at an important historical crossroads. We must pay attention to such a sign. 7,000 people turn up to listen to Allen Ginsberg, famous for one poem- HOWL-a diatribe against the very soul of American culture. I'm getting more worried with...
Wholly Experience: Lorrimer Series Review, Films and Filming, 1966
When I started to write on this page just over two years ago, the average film book tended to be a paperback account of the life of some middle- aged Hollywood star, compiled largely from press cuttings and written with all the perception, detachment,...
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