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Shelley Duvall is Olive Oyl

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An innovator and avid researcher in the field of cinematic time and depth-perception throughout his avant-garde filmmaking career, Ken Jacobs has, in recent years, embraced the possibilities of digital cinema to further his visual investigations. His series of “Eternalisms” compiles short, snapshot-like situations, often captured within the immediate vicinity of Jacobs’s home in New York City using a process that makes three-dimensional perception possible on a 2D-screen without 3D-glasses… and with one eye closed.
Shelley Duvall is Olive Oyl is the fourth in a series of shorts beginning with Popeye Sees 3D […]. We’re crazy about both the original Popeye and the Altman film but the point in evoking the one-eyed sailor was to bring attention to single-eye depth perception. The Eternalism is my name for moving screen-images that not only appear in depth on 2D monitors but can continue in place with no start and no repeat point forever, defying time as we know it but also with their impossible depths available to even a single eye. Time’n’space time’n’space, transformed by cinema! The unthinkable available as the new electronic greeting card.”

Ken Jacobs

USA 2017


21’ · Colour

World premiere


Ken Jacobs
Director of Photography
Ken Jacobs
Ken Jacobs


Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs was born in 1933 in New York, USA. He studied painting with Hans Hofmann from 1956 to 1957. He started making films in 1955. In 1966, Jacobs founded the Millennium Film Workshop, of which he was the director until 1968. A year later he started the Department of Cinema at the State University of New York in Binghamton. He taught there from 1974 until his retirement in 2000. Along with teaching cinema, he has made a number of experimental films and videos, which have been shown worldwide. In addition, he has presented a series of film performances under the names “The Nervous System” since the mid 1970s and “The Nervous Magic Lantern” since 2000.

Filmography (selection)

1955 Orchard Street 1959 Star Spangled to Death 1963 The Whirled · Blonde Cobra · Baud’larian Capers 1960 Little Stabs at Happiness 1964 Window · The Winter Footage 1967 Air Shaft 1968 Soft Rain · Nissan Ariana Window 1969 Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son · Globe 1975 Urban Peasants 1978 The Doctor’s Dream 1985 Perfect Film · The Winter Footage 1990 Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896 1991 Keaton’s Cops 1995 The Georgetown Loop · Disorient Express 1999 Flo Rounds a Corner 2002 A Tom Tom Chaser · Circling Zero: Part One, We See Absence 2003 Keeping an Eye on Stan · Capitalism: Slavery 2004 Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise · Mountaineer Spinning · Star Spangled to Death 2006 New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 2007 Let There Be Whistleblowers · Razzle Dazzle (The Lost World) · Capitalism: Child Labor · Anaglyph Tom (Tom with Puffy Cheeks) 2009 What Happened on 23rd Street in 1901 2011 Seeking the Monkey King 2012 Street Vendor · Cyclopean 3D Life with a Beautiful Woman · Blankets for Indians 3D 2013 A Primer in Sky Socialism · Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus · The Guests 2014 Pygmalion Cubed · Canopy · Cyclops Observes the Celestial Bodies 2016 Popeye Sees 3D · Ulysses in the Subway; 59 Min., Forum Expanded 2017, with Flo Jacobs, Marc Downie, and Paul Kaiser 2017 Shelley Duvall is Olive Oyl

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

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Ken Jacobs