The Death of the Gorilla

Peter Mays | U.S. | 1966 | 16m
color | sound | 16mm
restoration by the Academy Film Archive

“Peter Mays achieved these hypnotically dense and hallucinatory in-camera superimpositions by shooting off late-night TV with color filters in multiple passes, then edited the mass of footage into a psychedelic phantasmagoria suggesting an elusive, dream-like narrative.”—Mark Toscano

“A sight/sound combine of exotic imagery shot semi-randomly in superimposition off a TV and then cut to make a fast moving but extremely ambiguous ‘story.’ Gorilla moves through modern man’s myth mind like a runaway train bursting at the seams.”—Peter Mays

Screens as part of Looking Through a Glass Onion.

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