The Blank Generation

Screening on Film
Directed by Amos Poe and Ivan Kral.
US, 1976, 16mm, black & white, 55 min.
Print source: Amos Poe

New York's "No Wave" movement emerged as the group of filmmakers most closely allied with the punk ethos. One of its best-known figures, Amos Poe, and musician Ivan Kral made this uninhibited document of the music scene in mid-1970s downtown Manhattan. Composed primarily of footage shot at CBGB's of performers like Patti Smith, the Ramones, New York Dolls, Television and Talking Heads, The Blank Generation was actually shot on silent 16mm film with the sound recorded separately. In case there were audio problems, they would simply dub in a better recording of the song. Complete with handheld camera work, extreme close-ups and improvised zooms, the out-of-sync result is an electrifying mixture of home movie and experimental documentary.

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