Operation Wandering Soul

Ernest Gusella

1992, 60:00 minutes, colour/B&W


Ernest Gusella's wildly surreal tape depicts (in the form of a Japanese Noh play), the life of Ezra Pound, the 'mad' American poet. Since Noh theatre is tragedy, Pound is the perfect artistic subject. Utilizing modern dance, footage shot in Japan and India, dramatized scenes, and archival footage, Pound's life is presented in the context of a modern electronic opera (including fire-rituals, a bizarre MTV-like section of female Noh ghosts playing tennis, a bath in ice-cold sake, phallus worship and other ironic juxtapositions). Not recommended for those who view life as a rational process. As George Bernard Shaw said: "The Noh drama is no drama at all!" Or as Ezra Pound said: "Make it new! Make it New!"

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