The Films of Walter Ungerer


Location: Theatre Vanguard
9014 Melrose Avenue , Los Angeles, California 90069


'I cannot say how much your work means to me: It is so seldom that I see anything in cinema that excites me, that speaks to me on a deep level, that has material in it that I wish I had devised. Your films have stirred me, given me an urgency to my own imagination, opened doors. I am full of admiration and gratitude' James Broughton 'Walter Ungerer's MEET ME, JESUS was the most successful 'experimental' film shown (at the Ann Arbor Film Festival); choosing for his themes nothing less than birth-death and the corruption of knowledge, Ungerer turned what could have been portentous or preachy into a funny and finally moving experience' Richarld Corliss, COMMONWEAL'Since one function of the awards at any film festival is to focus attention upon some special aspects of the medium, I have chosen SOLSTICE one of my two major prizes. It is imaginative, daring, and definitely not calculated as an audience pleaser; it tests the edge of filmic expression by literally forcing the spectator into new ways of looking' Arthur Knight, judge Midwest Film Festival 'From the several films I have seen (particularly SOLSTICE and TERRIBLE MOTHER), Walter Ungerer comes across to me as an extraordinarily gifted, enigmatic, individual filmartist, with a fine visual compositional sense, a mature intellectual literary component, a sure control of his medium, and an uncanny knack of investing the most ordinary setting and circumstances with a more natural reality in the service of saying something subtle but important about human life.' Edgar Daniels, FILMMAKERS NEWSLETTER[Source: Theatre Vanguard Program Notes, 1975]