Two Wrenching Departures

  |  Book Tickets: 01/01/2006
  |  Watch Now: 18/11/2010
  |  90 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Two Wrenching Departures Film Poster


This film was originally part of Jacobs’ so-called Nervous System performances and was first screened in 1990. The Nervous System performances made use of two projectors and the necessary 3-D and other optical effects and were by definition unique and once-only thanks to the improvisations of the operator Ken Jacobs himself. In 1989, two of his friends died in quick succession (albeit alienated from each other): Bob Fleischner, film maker and founder of the Collective for Living Cinema, and Jack Smith, the most legendary of all New York avant-garde film makers. Jacobs had especially worked very closely with Smith and thanks to their cooperation he had a treasure trove of film material by the two artists. Two Wrenching Departures provides insight into the early years of the New York new cinema in a way that makes the visual opulence and whimsicality of it tangible. Visual vibrations from a cosmic time. Jacobs has worked in recent years as the digital librarian of his own film performances that were legendary thanks to the surprising quality of the often one-off work that most people, even connoisseurs of the New York avant-garde, only know from standard works or second-hand. The digital versions not only make these films accessible, they keep them accessible. That is Cinema Regained. —