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As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)

Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonas Mekas ... Himself / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Brakhage Jane Brakhage ... Herself (archive footage)
Stan Brakhage ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Breer Robert Breer ... Himself (archive footage)
Hollis Frampton Hollis Frampton ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Kubelka Peter Kubelka ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolfas Mekas Adolfas Mekas ... Himself (archive footage)
Oona Mekas ... Herself (archive footage)
Sebastian Mekas Sebastian Mekas ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch ... Himself (archive footage)
Nam June Paik Nam June Paik ... Himself (archive footage)
P. Adams Sitney P. Adams Sitney ... Himself (archive footage)
Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)
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Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As I Moved Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The ultimate Dogma movie before the birth of Dogma," is how its maker, Jonas Mekas described it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jonas Mekas: I have never been able, really, to figure out where my life begins and where it ends. I have never, never been able to figure it all out, what's all about. What it all means. So when I began, now, to put all these rolls of film together, to string them together, the first idea was to keep them chronologic. But then I gave up, and I just began splicing them together by chance, the way that I found them on the shelf, because I really did not know where any piece of my life really ...
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Soundtracks

Both Sides Now
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Judy Collins
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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just beautiful...
22 October 2018 | by nenanosaljSee all my reviews

Beautiful,universal,poetic... Watching it you realise that all you are seeing in this film is in your life to,in life of your friends,people you know..The captured moments of life are precious and beautiful


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