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In a Summer
Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN A SUMMER GARDEN explores the mystery-roots of my own passion for the world of bright blossoms, the mystical rose, the ancient gardens of Beardsley and King Arthur. In this case I chose the music of Delius - a composition whose title becomes the title of my film. While studying (and in some cases actually listening to) the music, I filmed scenes from my garden, featuring special blossoms as they appeared, or whole banks of blossoms as they matured. Thus, on one level, we see an accurate study of a flower garden's progression through a season. Color tones rise and fall, swell and recede with the music. (Delius was studying his wife's summer garden as he composed.) Into this portrait of the annual bursting forth of riotous natural color I have injected the mysterious presence of two spirits - the cat who watches it, and the woman (face never seen) who attends it: allegory and document of how it was that year in that place.

1982
16 MM
Color
15 Minutes
Sound

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