Underground Film Journal

Film Culture: Issue 14 (vol. 3, No. 4)

Film Culture issue 14 cover featuring a film still from Maya Deren's The Very Eye of Night

Published: 1957; 24 pages

Editor-in-Chief and Publisher: Jonas Mekas. Editors: George N. Fenin, Edouard Laurot, Adolfas Mekas. Television Editor: Gilbert Seldes. Associate Editors: Eugene Archer, Louis Brigante, Ronald Cowan, Arlene Croce, Andrew Sarris. Layout: George Maciunas. Foreign Correspondents: Guido Aristarco, Italy; Francis Bolen, Belgium; J. Broz, Czechoslovakia; Jose Clemente, Spain; Lotte H. Eister, France; Eugenio Hintz, Uruguay; E. Patalas, W. Germany; Tony Richardson, England.

Copyright, 1957 by Film Culture. Printed in the U.S.A. Publisher’s Printing Representative: Harry Gantt. The opinions expressed by the contributors do not necessarily represent those of the editors. Distributor for retail sale: Bernhard de Boer. West Coast advertising representative: Robert Pike.

Cover Picture: A still from The Very Eye of Night, the new film by Maya Deren.


1. (Editiorial), by Jonas Mekas

2. (Orson Wells filming Don Quixote), by Humberto Arenal

3. Television: Art Or Craft?, by Gilbert Seldes

4. The Yugoslav Film Comes to Maturity, by Branko Vucicevic

5. A Man Escaped, by Andrew Sarris

6. A Letter From the East Coast, by Lewis Jacobs

7. A Letter From the West Coast, by Robert Pike

8. The Mechanics of Love, by Ben Moore

9. Creative Film Awards

10. On the Nature and Function of The Experimental (Poetic) Film. A Symposium: Gideon Bachmann, Amos Vogel, Parker Tyler, Lewis Jacobs, Ian Hugo. Excerpts from a symposium by Godeon Bachmann over radio station WFUV-FM, New York.

11. The Last Bridge, by Barry Sussman

12. The Sun Also Rises, by Peter Walsh

13. Love in the Afternoon, by G. N. Genin

14. Coffee, Brandy and Cigars — XXVII, by H. G. Weinberg

15. A Film Society in the Country, by Elodie Osborn

16. Books, by Gordon Hendricks

Index of Images

From a Madrid edition of Don Quixote, 1764. Artist unknown. Loaned by the New York Public Library Picture Collection.

Three film stills from Orson Welles’s Don Quixote

The participants of a symposium on “Poetry and the Film” held by Cinema 16 on Oct. 28, 1953. From left to right: Maya Deren, Amos Vogel, Parker Tyler, Willard Maas, Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas.

The Mechanics of Love, Willard Maas and Ben Moore. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

Object Lesson, Christopher Young. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

Geography of the Body, Willard Maas. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

The Mechanics of Love, Willard Maas and Ben Moore. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

Ode on a Grecian Urn, Lewis Jacobs. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

Dangerous Houses, Curtis Harrington. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

Desistfilm, Stan Brakhage. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

Mother’s Day, James Broughton. Loaned by Cinema 16, New York.

The Last Bridge

The Sun Also Rises

Love in the Afternoon (Hepburn, Wilder, Cooper)


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