Poets of the Dark. Movie Telling

Miami Beach Cinematheque. November 17th, 2007. 8:30 p.m.

Miami Beach Cinematheque. Miami ArtUM poet and scholar Live Walter K. Lew will offer interpretive narrations of film, inspired by the Asian tradition with the participation of several other poet / performers such as Jen Nellis, Dennis M. Somera, and Kate Ann Heidelbach.

A fascinating, often-neglected fact of world film history is that there was an era in which films were screened with live speech by orators or voice actors. The katsuben of Japan and pyônsa of Korea were the most celebrated forms of this once-global practice.

Sometimes praised during their heyday as “poets of the dark”, in Korea the most iconoclastic “movietellers” risked imprisonment or worse to share their interpretations of films with local communities. Perhaps they would have approved of the wit and freedom with which this evening’s poets have chosen to recast the 20th century’s most powerful and oppressive artistic form. After an introduction with archival footage and slides by Walter K. Lew.

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