Emily Breer: Classics Exposed

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Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: History, Holiday, Humor, Literature, Performance

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Emily Breer: Classics Exposed

Like a couple of kids pawing through a costume trunk, filmmaker Emily Breer and performance artist Joe Gibbons delight in trying on the attitudes and artifacts of culture. High culture and low —everything is fair game as far as these witty creatures of surreal collision are concerned. Breer's breezy, off-hand declaration, "I'm a postmodern superhero—watch me deconstruct!" perfectly captures the playful spoofing of academia and the anarchic spontaneity found in both artists' work...

These comic pieces seem as off-the-cuff as improvisations, but their humor is built on a critique of celebrity and machismo. The pathos of those nerds who fantasize about their unsung influence carries through into Moby Richard, which pokes fun at such icons of authority as the museum and the university. Gibbons's rants may be funniest to those who've mastered the pseudo-art of lit-crit, but his loony passion will win over even those who made it through English 101 on Cliff's Notes alone.

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1999 | 06:00
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Psychologically disturbed Professor Herville (Joe Gibbons) analyzes the literary classic Moby Dick. He gives a tour of the Herman Melville Museum and makes much ado about the book’s Oedipial themes. Breer mixes in footage of the Hollywood adaptation...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: humor, literature, performance

Kafka's Bugaboo
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In the second part of the Classics Exposed series, a neurotic scholar (Gibbons) leads a "buggy" ride tour through historic Charleston where, according to the professor, Franz Kafka wrote The Metamorphosis after taking a wrong turn on his way to...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: animation, history, humor, literature, performance