'Notes on Marie Menken' explores the almost forgotten story of the legendary artist Marie Menken (1909-1970) who became one of New York´s outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940s through the 1960s, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger, and Gerard Malanga. She was a probable role model of Edward Albee´s "Who´s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and ended up as a Warhol Superstar. The documentary allows a glimpse into her social and artistic struggle and radical integrity, drawing the picture of a modern myth in personal diary style.
The film presents never-before-seen footage by Marie Menken salvaged from basements and storage vaults, including a camera “duel” for Bolexes between Menken and Andy Warhol. New York composer and musician John Zorn contributes a wonderful film score which will be featured on the forthcoming Tzadik CD “Filmworks XVII”.
-Notes On Marie Menken (2006) 97 min,
4 Films By Marie Menken:
- Visual Variations On Noguchi, USA (1945), 4 Min,
- Glimpse Of The Garden, USA (1957), 5 Min,
- Arabesque For Kenneth Anger, USA (1958-61), 4 Min,
- Lights, USA (1964-66), 6:30 Min