Films: Documentation of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, 1968-1986

Audio/Visual

This box contains several film rolls: Opening of 74A La Mama w/ Tom Eyen's "Caution: A Love Story" Head; Carmilla film, 20 sec of scene 2; Dutch Philharmonic + Tom Paine (Silent) Heads; "Wanton Soup" Ching Yeh Heads; For Ellen [on envelope which contained small super 8mm film reel].
  • Opening of 74A La Mama w/ Tom Eyen's "Caution: A Love Story." This film uses Ektachrome stock with a 1968 edge code. It shows Ellen Stewart talking to the audience, as well as part of the performance of "Caution."
  • A short piece of film negative shows about 20 seconds of scene 2 from "Carmilla." It is in good condition. 
  • One film depicts the 1969 production "Wanton Soup" by Ching Yeh. This is a Kodak Ektachrome film, and most of it has great color. This show utitlizes many performers, and the stage is relatively sparse, with people in the audience sitting around the perimeter. The main focus at the beginning is a black male wearing a loincloth. He has on white face paint around his eyes, and glitter all over his body. A white woman lays on a couch in the background for much of the show. Later, we see a woman in a Geisha costume. Many of the actors appear and perform individually, then exit to give a new performer the spotlight. Unfortunately, many shots in the film are blurry, and it seems as if the camera was quite unstable, but the film is otherwise in good condition. 
  • The Super-8 film is possibly home video footage, with some beautiful outdoor scenes. It is unclear what is occurring, but it seems to be nothing more than everyday life. There are shots of a cat laying in the grass, followed by people outside of a house, in various states of undress. The final shot is of a field, with possibly the same house in the distance. 
  • The final film is this box is labeled "Dutch Philharmonic + Tom Paine (Silent)." It begins with a closeup of the orchestra, focusing on a man, probably the conductor. Close up of the orchestra, focusing on a man who appears to be the conductor. The film cuts to a close up of a map of the Washington D.C. area, panning down through Raleigh, NC to Richmond, VA. The film uses this map several times, focusing on a city, then showing scenes of that location. It seems likely that the Philharmonic was on a tour, as there are shots of an airplane and a bus. This is a silent film, so the map was a clever way of indicating locations. Other places shown include New York City, New Haven, CT, and Detroit. 
    Following these scenes, there is a large portion of the film taken at La MaMa, and it shows Ellen Stewart talking with a couple of men. Finally, there is a scene showing actors in cardinal robes, which is from a La MaMa production of "Tom Paine." 
     
  • Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic
    Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic
Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic
Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic
Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic
Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic
Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic
Ellen Stewart, possibly with members of the Dutch Philharmonic

Date duplicated: 1968
Date duplicated: 1986
Date duplicated: 1972
OBJ.1968.0138
Super-8, 16mm, film
Paperboard box;
3 Cored rolls
2 Film on plastic reel
10.25 inches(Length) x 10.25 inches(Width) x 1.5 inches(Height)