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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.”

by
Ken Jacobs

USA 2017

Silent

21’ · Colour

World premiere

Crew

Director
Ken Jacobs
Cinematography
Ken Jacobs
Editing
Ken Jacobs

Biography

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.
The Whole Shebang continues his series of Eternalisms: indefinitely moving screen-images that not only appear in three-dimensional depth on 2D monitors but are also available to even a single eye – no glasses needed.

Filmography (selection)

1955 Orchard Street; 12 min., Forum Expanded 2015 · Orchard Street 1959 Star Spangled to Death · Star Spangled to Death 1963 The Whirled; 27 min. · The Whirled · Blonde Cobra · Blonde Cobra; 30 min. · Baud’larian Capers · Baud’larian Capers; 25 min. 1960 Little Stabs at Happiness; 18 min. · Little Stabs at Happiness 1964 Window; 12 min. · Window · The Winter Footage · The Winter Footage; 50 min. 1967 Air Shaft · Air Shaft; 4 min. 1968 Soft Rain · Soft Rain; 12 min. · Nissan Ariana Window · Nissan Ariana Window; 15 min. 1969 Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son · Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son; 115 min. · Globe; 22 min. · Globe 1975 Urban Peasants · Urban Peasants; 50 min. 1978 The Doctor’s Dream; 27 min. · The Doctor’s Dream 1985 Perfect Film; 27 min. · Perfect Film · The Winter Footage · The Winter Footage; 50 min. 1990 Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896; 11 min. · Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896 1991 Keaton’s Cops; 23 min. · Keaton’s Cops 1995 The Georgetown Loop · The Georgetown Loop; 11 min. · Disorient Express; 30 min. · Disorient Express 1999 Flo Rounds a Corner · Flo Rounds a Corner; 6 min. 2002 A Tom Tom Chaser · Circling Zero: Part One, We See Absence · A Tom Tom Chaser; 10 min. · Circling Zero: Part One, We See Absence; 114 min. 2003 Keeping an Eye on Stan · Capitalism: Slavery · Keeping an Eye on Stan; 117 min. · Capitalism: Slavery; 3 min. 2004 Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise · Mountaineer Spinning · Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise; 108 min. · Mountaineer Spinning; 26 min. · Star Spangled to Death · Star Spangled to Death; 420 min. 2006 New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 · New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903; 132 min. 2007 Let There Be Whistleblowers · Razzle Dazzle (The Lost World) · Capitalism: Child Labor · Let There Be Whistleblowers; 18 min., Forum Expanded 2007 · Anaglyph Tom (Tom with Puffy Cheeks) · Razzle Dazzle (The Lost World); 92 min. · Capitalism: Child Labor; 14 min. · Anaglyph Tom (Tom with Puffy Cheeks); 108 min. 2005 Spiral Nebula; 45 min., Forum 2006 2009 What Happened on 23rd Street in 1901 · What Happened on 23rd Street in 1901; 14 min. 2011 Seeking the Monkey King · Seeking the Monkey King; 39 min., Forum Expanded 2012 2012 Street Vendor · Cyclopean 3D Life with a Beautiful Woman · Street Vendor; 6 min. · Blankets for Indians 3D · Cyclopean 3D Life with a Beautiful Woman; 47 min. · Blankets for Indians 3D; 57 min. 2013 A Primer in Sky Socialism · Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus · The Guests · A Primer in Sky Socialism; 58 min., Forum Expanded 2014 · Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus; 180 min. · The Guests; 73 min., Forum 2014 2014 Pygmalion Cubed · Canopy · Pygmalion Cubed; 100 min. · Cyclops Observes the Celestial Bodies · Canopy; 4 min. · Cyclops Observes the Celestial Bodies; 15 min., Forum Expanded 2015 2016 Popeye Sees 3D · Ulysses in the Subway; 59 Min., Forum Expanded 2017, with Flo Jacobs, Marc Downie, and Paul Kaiser · Popeye Sees 3D; 21 min., Forum Expanded 2017 · Ulysses in the Subway; 59 Min., Forum Expanded 2017, with Flo Jacobs, Marc Downie, and Paul Kaiser 2017 Shelley Duvall is Olive Oyl · Shelley Duvall is Olive Oyl 2019 The Whole Shebang; 6 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

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Ken Jacobs