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Margaret Tait: Selected Films 1952-1976

Synopsis
A compilation of 7 short films by the Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait, a forerunner of the English experimental directors of the late 20th century.. Over the course of 36 years she produced over 30 films and published five books of poetry and short stories. She described her life’s work as making film-poems. Her philosophy and method were that if you look at an object closely enough it will speak its nature. This clarity of vision and purpose, with an attention to simple commonplace subjects combined with a rare sense of inner rhythm and pattern, give her films a transcendental quality while still remaining firmly rooted in the everyday.

The films included on this DVD are: PORTRAIT OF GA (1952), AERIAL (1974), HUGH MACDIARMID: A PORTRAIT (1964), WHERE I AM IS HERE (1964); PLACE OF WORK (1976); TAILPIECE (1976); JOHN MACFADYEN (1970).
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2006
Year of production
1952-1976
Subjects
Literature; Film Studies
Keywords
experimental film & video; poetry; Scotland; Tait, Margaret

Credits

Director
Margaret Tait

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£10.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
110 minutes
Year
2011

Sections

Title
Portrait of Ga
Synopsis
1966. A loving portrait of the artist’s mother, which raises questions of what a portrait might be.

Title
Aerial
Synopsis
1974

Title
Hugh MacDiarmid: A Portrait
Synopsis
1964. An affectionate and intimate study of the Scottish poet on the streets of his home town.

Title
Where I am is Here
Synopsis
1964. A timeless paen to the city of Edinburgh in winter.

Title
Place of Work
Synopsis
1976.

Title
Tailpiece
Synopsis
1976.

Title
John Macfadyen (The Stripes of the Tartan)
Synopsis
1970. A joyful, hand-painted film to the music of the Orkney Reel Society.

Distributor

Name

National Library of Scotland, Moving Image Archive Shop

Email
movingimage@nls.uk
Web
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Address
Moving Image Archive
National Library of Scotland
Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyll Street
Glasgow
G3 8AW

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