Willamette Week: Screen
August 5, 1998
|DENNIS NYBACK’S FORBIDDEN CINEMA
by Kim Morgan
Thank God for film archivist Dennis Nyback. If not for his encyclopedic knowledge of rare films and his tenacity for acquiring them, we would never have the privilege to view some astounding works of cinema. On the heels of last year’s stellar series at the Clinton Street, the film historian returns with a new series of rare, vintage, banned, overlooked and sexy 16mm and 35mm films. The fascinating lineup includes Billie Holiday shorts Symphony in Black and The Sound of Jazz; suppressed work by beloved children’s author Dr. Suess; a variety of sex cartoons; various Buster Keaton shorts; medical films; ’50s
education films; and experimental Dada shorts. Racy, racist, hilarious and disturbing, Nyback’s series are a treasure that teaches the viewer more about American culture than most history texts. NR (KM) Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 238-8899. Friday-Thursday, Aug. 7-13 1998. $3.75, call for schedule.