1961-1970DramaExperimentalJonas MekasUSA

Jonas Mekas – Guns of the Trees (1961)

Four young people are trying to understand why their friend, a young woman, committed a suicide. A film made up of disconnected scenes weaving between past and present. The title of the film comes from a poem by Stuart Perkoff which tells that some young people felt (around 1960) that everything is against them, so much that even the trees in the parks and streets seemed to them like guns pointing at their very existence.
– Jonas Mekas

Guns of the Trees deals with the thoughts, feelings, and anguished strivings of my generation, faced with the moral perplexity of our times. Conceived as an episodic, horizontal film, there is no apparent direct story connection between one scene and the next. The scenes act like pieces of a larger, timed, emotional mosaic. Where the direct word, or the direct image, fails — when we come to more essential things — the indirectness of the poet will seize the essence and the truth.
– Jonas Mekas

It is a bitter but lyric work. It is also revolutionary in form, being unlike, in its technique, anything you ever saw. It is a poster declaration, a manifesto. I regard Guns of The Trees as the most important film by far of the American “New Wave.”
– Herman G. Weinberg, New York Film-Makers’ Cooperative Catalogue

Guns of the Trees - 1961 - Jonas Mekas.mkv

Container: Matroska
Runtime: 1h 26mn
Size: 1.62 GiB
Codec: x264
Resolution: 718x564 ~> 752x564
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Frame rate: 25.000 fps
Bit rate: 2 294 Kbps
BPP: 0.227
#1: English 2.0ch AC-3 @ 320 Kbps




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