Dialogues | Chicago Reader

Dialogues

In Owen Land’s films from the 70s and 80s (made under the name George Landow), bright, crisp images of colorful objects contrast with the films’ elliptical structures and language-based humor. The effect is an almost vertiginous spiraling inward, as things become not what they seem. In this new 133-minute video, an autobiography that’s likely part fantasy, sex is the main theme: characters seduce each other in a series of short encounters, some with actors playing Land. But once again texts undercut images and even sound: in one episode a pop song on the soundtrack is accompanied by altered lyrics onscreen. The individual segments can be humorous, even chipper, though the accumulation of so many, with their various twists in word, image, and sound, leads to emptiness and melancholy.

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