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540 Ratings


Diaries Notes and Sketches

Directed by Jonas Mekas
United States, 1969
  • English
  • English


Jonas Mekas’ first completed diary film is a portrait of life in New York circa the avant-garde scene of the 60s, encompassing an entire, intimate world of friends, family, and self in its 6 reels.

Our take

Lithuanian filmmaker-critic Jonas Mekas is one of the godfathers of American avant-garde cinema, and a great pioneer of first-person moviemaking. His art was inextricable from his life, and in fact woven from it, as showcased by this tremendous classic of diary filmmaking.

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Critics reviews

Mekas’s opulent, Leaves of Grass-esque listicle of all things New York dares to risk the mundane yet, just as with Walt Whitman’s poetry, soars due to its exquisite sense of movement and form.
August 11, 2016
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Mekas highlights speed and urban life as percolating forms of contemporary expression. Walden, in particular, retroactively intimates toward the moment of personal camcorders and VCRs, where one could literally speed through recorded memories of the past, either in the form of home videos or feature films.
November 22, 2015
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Walden," shot with a hand-held camera and characterized by wildly kinetic bursts of imagery, broke new ground; with it, Mr. Mekas freed himself from both conventional film technique and narrative restraint.
November 13, 2015
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