Trailer for Thomas Schamoni’s A BIG GREY-BLUE BIRD (1971)
a.k.a. “Bottom” or “Ein großer graublauer Vogel”
Playing at The Spectacle Theater Tuesday, June 7, 7:30pm
Part of Screen Slate Presents: Can’s “Soundtracks”
Trailer cut by Screen Slate’s Jon Dieringer featuring Can’s “She Brings the Rain”
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A young documentary film crew and band of thugs race against each other for their own Great Whatsit: a team of disappeared German scientists who have discovered a way to rupture the space-time continuum and trained themselves to unlearn the terrible secret. In A Big Grey-Blue Bird, filmic space and time likewise fold in on themselves through an array of shooting formats, nonlinear narrative and innovative sound design; and the line between diegetic and non-diegetic is as tenuous as the reality represented. Can’s recurring “She Brings the Rain” is the film’s sole constant, its smoky jazz and startlingly traditional performance by original vocalist Malcolm Mooney providing a subdued counterpoint to the psychic and cinematic cacophony.
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