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Directed by Lewis Klahr

United States 2015 90 mins.

Los Angeles based collage film artist Klahr, whose vital work has unfolded over the last thirty years, has made the apotheosis film of his career with the episodic Sixty Six. Visually comprised of cutouts and other paper-based ephemera layered over abstracted backdrops, and with a varied soundtrack oscillating between cryptic dialogue and well-known pop songs from the 50s through the 70s, Klahr’s vision of sun-rot Southern Californian landscapes pierced with individualistic optimism is a perfect distillation and critique of modernist living in all its myriad forms, from everyday normalcy to superhero chic. “Set at the intersection of mass culture and myth, right at the hazardous corner of desire and dread, Sixty Six offers a dizzying display of largely found images and sounds—culled from old comics, ads, magazine layouts, songs and noises—that together form a kind of cinematic archaeology of the American unconscious. One of the finest cinematic achievements of the year.”—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.