[Frameworks] Andy Warhol's SLEEP / Providence, RI / Feb 18 / Magic Lantern + RK Projects

Myron Ort zeno at sonic.net
Mon Feb 13 13:20:37 CST 2012

Still not sure which book I saw the story, but I did find this, so  
the discrediting was in print:

Pittsburg Post Gazette, Weekend Mag, Friday, February 6, 1998

Legend has it that Brakhage was watching Warhol’s “Sleep” (which  
consists of a sleeping person) and hated it. Someone in the room  
suggested that instead of watching it at 24 frames per second, he  
slow it down to 16 frames, which is the way it was intended to be  
seen. At the slower speed, Brakhage allegedly had a change of heart.

"It’s a great story, but it’s not true. “I never did like it,  
It’sinconceivable that I would sit all the way through ‘Sleep.’ I  
don’t know very many people who have, inclulding Warhol.
“My interest in Warhol as a film-maker is that he turned the  
anthropological camera on his own world with honesty. I think  
‘Chelsea Girls’ is wonderful. All of his greatness as a filmmaker is  
in that film.”

On Feb 13, 2012, at 10:42 AM, Adam Hyman wrote:

> Only you can answer that...
> On 2/13/12 10:35 AM, "Myron Ort" <zeno at sonic.net> wrote:
>> In which of the many books scattered around my house did I surely
>> encounter that story?
>> Myron Ort
>> On Feb 13, 2012, at 10:30 AM, Eric Theise wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Myron Ort <zeno at sonic.net> wrote:
>>>> How and why do stories like that get started anyway?
>>> That particular story got started because Jonas Mekas told it.  It
>>> continues to be told because it's a good story, and it's lodged  
>>> in the
>>> collective memory due to the problematic but always cited early
>>> literature on Warhol's filmmaking.
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