Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man: movie review

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Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man: movie review
Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man

Or: Remembrance of Jonas Mekas’s Past. An undisputed master of first-person experimental journaling, the 90-year-old cinéaste has collected snippets from past works and random bits of celluloid into something like a moving-picture album. Long-ago family outings and celebratory events flicker by in an instant, and friends who’ve since passed on to the great editing suite in the sky mug for the camera, as Mekas quietly offers his thoughts. The result is alternately elegiac and akin to watching a photograph fade in real time. “Everyone is asleep,” he says. “Only the filmmakers are awake.” For viewers who aren’t willing to time-travel alongside him, the first part of that statement will prove highly prophetic.

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Duration: 68 mins

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