Gunvor Nelson

  • Gunvor Nelson – Frame Line (1983)

    1981-1990ExperimentalGunvor NelsonSweden

    FRAME LINE is a collage film in black and white. Glimpses (both visual and audial) of Stockholm, people, gestures, flags and the Swedish national anthem appear through drawings, paintings and cut-outs. It is a film with an eerie flow between the ugly and the beautiful about returning, about roots and also about reshaping.Read More »

  • Gunvor Nelson – Red Shift (1986)

    1981-1990ExperimentalGunvor NelsonSweden

    This magnus opus is a domestic symphony from a woman’s point of view, the portait of a grandmother, monther and child and their home. The women and their personal objects are mostly seen alone or relating to one another (except for touching scenes of the grandmonther and grandfather together).
    A key aspect of RED SHIFT is the reading of selections from Calamity Jane’s “Diaries”, the most narrative apsect of the film. The Diaries are read against activities seen through a window, life passing by (people walking in winter, a river flowing). They tell how Jane lost her daughter and had to survive by using her talents to act like a tough and physically competitive man…Read More »

  • Gunvor Nelson – My Name Is Oona (1969)

    1961-1970ExperimentalGunvor NelsonUSA

    My Name is Oona captures in haunting, intensely lyrical images fragments of the coming to consciousness of a child girl. A series of extremely brief flashes of her moving through nightlit space or woods in sensuous negative, separated by rapid fades into blackness, burst upon us like a fairy-tale princess, with a late sun only partially outlining her and the animal in silvery filigree against the encroaching darkness; one of the most perfect recent examples of poetic cinema. Throughout the entire film, the girl, compulsively and as if in awe, repeats her name, until it becomes a magic incantation of self-realization.Read More »

  • Gunvor Nelson – Schmeerguntz (1965)

    1961-1970ExperimentalGunvor NelsonUSA

    “Schmeerguntz” is one long raucous belch in the face of the American Home. A society which hides its animal functions beneath a shiny public surface deserves to have such films as Schmeerguntz shown everywhere – in every PTA, every Rotary Club, every club in the land. For it is brash enough, brazen enough and funny enough to purge the soul of every harried American married woman.”
    – Ernest Callenbach, Film QuarterlyRead More »

  • Gunvor Nelson – Moons Pool (1973)

    1971-1980ExperimentalGunvor NelsonShort FilmSweden

    The explicit body politics in Gunvor Nelson’s popular Take Off is developed further in her highly personal Moons Pool. The film begins with shots of naked bodies in a bath and transgresses into depicting male and female bodies swimming naked underwater. The latter part of the film is almost totally liberated from speech, and has a dreamlike, complex soundtrack consisting of sounds of waves, voices, water and music woven together into a seamless web of sounds. (John Sundholm)Read More »

  • Gunvor Nelson – Kirsa Nicholina (1969)

    Gunvor Nelson1961-1970Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtShort FilmUSA

    Kirsa Nicholina records the birth of a child at home by the Lamaze method. The father assists in the birth, while a physician guides him. At the moment of birth, the mother reaches down and grasps the hand of the emerging child and guides it out of her body and into her arms.Read More »

  • Gunvor Nelson – Light years (1986)

    1981-1990ExperimentalGunvor NelsonSweden

    LIGHT YEARS is a collage film and a journey through the Swedish landscape, traversing stellar distances in units of 5878 trillion miles. It is a film acutely in the present reflecting our temporal existence … continuous and imperfect.Read More »

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