Ed Henderson Reconstructs Movie Scenarios

1973, 24:04 min, b&w, sound

John Baldessari introduces Ed Henderson Reconstructs Movie Scenarios at EAI on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

Demonstrating how pop cultural narratives are embedded in the American collective unconscious, Baldessari introduces his sometime collaborator Ed Henderson, who is called upon to interpret a series of movie stills. The blurred photographs, which are virtually indecipherable to the viewer, act as springboards for a series of self-contained narratives. The ease and humor with which Henderson improvises these scenarios (spanning Hollywood cliches from musicals and Westerns to a prison drama and a horror film) demonstrate the extent to which the mythic language of cinematic genres has permeated the American consciousness. Baldessari has commented on his attraction to pop cultural material: "I guess I'm using images from movies, from newspapers and so on, because... we have to talk in a language we know."