Tag Archives: Ruth Weiss

Steven Arnold – Various Incarnations of a Tibetan Seamstress (1969)

Originally, it was to be a serious look at Westerners influenced by Eastern trends. As it developed, however it became much more humorous with characters in yoga positions with high heels and smoking cigarettes at the same time. Read More »

Steven Arnold – Messages, Messages (1968)

Messages, Messages (1968)

A journey of the psyche into the world of the unconscious. Made when Wiese and Arnold were students at the San Francisco Art Institute, the surrealistic film is influenced by Dali, Bunuel and the German expressionists. The film was premiered at the St. Regis Hotel in New York by Salvador Dali and invited to Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Read More »

Steven Arnold – The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique (1967)

Loosely based on William A. Seiter’s 1948 film One Touch of Venus, Steven Arnold’s first film is a macabre, decadent work presenting mannequins and models that travel through strange universes.

From Amos Vogel’s Film as a Subversive Art:
A haunting, genuinely decadent work about mannequins that may be real and girls that may be models, journeying through strange universes towards possible self-discovery. An exorbitant, perverse sensibility informs the ambiguous images and events. Read More »