Three short movies by Bruce Baillie.
1. Castro Street (1966)
Inspired by a lesson from Erik Satie; a film in the form of a street – Castro Street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California … switch engines on one side and refinery tanks, stacks and buildings on the other – the street and film, ending at a red lumber company. All visual and sound elements from the street, progressing from the beginning to the end of the street, one side is black-and-white (secondary), and one side is colour – like male and female elements. The emergence of a long switch-engine shot (black-and-white solo) is to the filmmaker the essential of consciousness.
2. Mr. Hayashi (1961)
3. All My Life (1966)
The film is made up of one single take. The camera pans to the left, focusing on a delapitated fence in a rural field, as Ella Fitzgerald’s “All My Life” plays on the soundtrack. At the end of the 3 minute film, the camera tilts up to the blue sky just as the song ends.