Jonas Mekas: The Making of Andy Warhol’s ‘Empire’

Jonas Mekas: The Making of Andy Warhol’s ‘Empire’

'From 8 p.m. until dawn the camera was pointed at the Empire State Building, from the 41st floor of the Time-Life Building. The camera never moved once. My guess is that Empire will become The Birth of a Nation of the New Bag Cinema'— Jonas Mekas.

Experimental filmmaker and co-founder of Film Culture magazine Jonas Mekas recalls the making of Andy Warhol's avant-garde film Empire, 1964. He describes the Filmmakers Co-operative that met in his loft—a loose group of filmmakers, artists and friends of the arts—and the public reaction to Warhol's radically pared-down film.

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20th century