The White Album
“This was an adequate enough performance, as improvisations go. The only problem was that my entire educatio n, everything I had ever been told or had told myself, insisted that the production was never mean t to be improvised: I was supposed to have a script, and had mislaid it. I was supposed to hear cues, and no longer did. I was meant to know the plot, but all I knew was what I saw: flash pictures in variable sequence, images with no ‘meaning’ beyond their temporary arrangement, not a movie but a cutting room experience. In what would probably be the middle of my life I wanted still to believe in the narrative and in the narrative's intelligibility, but to know that one could change the sense with every cu t was to begin to perceive the experience as rather more electrical than ethical.”
Joan Didion, The White Album
Film program organized by Michael Chaiken and Victoria Keddie.
Organized by David Fierman (Louis B. James) and Amie Scally (White Columns).