MUR MURS

1981 / France / 80min

Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures. She casts a curious eye on graffiti and photorealism, roller disco and gang violence, evangelical Christians, Hare Krishnas, artists, angels, and ordinary Angelenos. Along the meandering way, we meet the creators of some of California’s most memorable wall art, including Judy Baca, mastermind of the Great Wall of Los Angeles project along the L.A. River; Arno Jordan, painter of the ironically bucolic scenes adorning the Farmer John meatpacking plant; and Kent Twitchell, who offers a theological rationale for a depiction of the Holy Trinity starring actors from Lassie, The Lone Ranger, and Father Knows Best. The film is very Varda and very L.A.: vibrating with color and surprising juxtapositions, rich in illusion and allusion. And like the movies, the murals are both monumental and ephemeral, destined to fade, many of them now disappeared. —Pacific Film Archive

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  • Original title
    MUR MURS
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Bernard Auroux, assisté de Tom Taplin
  • Editing
    Sabine Mamou, assistante de Bob Gould
  • Music
    Buxtehude, Carey, Cruz, Fiddy, Healy, Lauber, Los Illegals, Parker
  • Sound
    Lee Alexander
  • Duration
    80 min
  • Year
    1981
  • Country
    • France
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Audio Tracks
    ENG
  • Subtitles
    NONE
  • Production
    Ciné-Tamaris
    88 rue Daguerre
    75014 Paris
    France
    tel: (0033) 0 1 43 22 66 00
    e-mail: cine-tamaris@wanadoo.fr
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