Quixote, 1965, 45 min

Bruce Baillie

Documentary, Experimental, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

"One-year journey through the land of incessant progress, researching those sources which have given rise twenty years later to the essential question of survival." -BB

The bearded figure at the beginning of Quixote resembles Walt Whitman and the great poet’s influence is palpable in Bruce Baillie’s kaleidoscopic convocation of midcentury America, an under-acknowledged masterpiece of 1960s cinema. Quixote describes a journey across the land and soul of a divided land with the same melancholic wanderlust that infused Jack Kerouac’s "On the Road" and Robert Frank’s "The Americans." Four distinct movements collect a litany of highway signs, Mexican farmhands, desert tarantulas, skyscrapers, high school basketball players, Indian reservations, old time religion, circus acrobats, antiwar demonstrators, wild horses, tycoons, supermarkets, comic books, jazz and the Vietnam War. The land is primary, though its meaning is held suspended in Baillie’s s swooning camera movements and preternatural optical effects. Praised as “the greatest American film you’ve never seen” by critic Chuck Stephens, Quixote remains an entirely unique atlas of the country’s spiritual currents. -Max Goldberg, Fandor


Directed by Bruce Baillie


Saturday, March 31 1:00pm

Bruce Baillie Retrospective 2

Includes Baillie’s 1965 masterpiece Quixote. Scott MacDonald will introduce the program with Bruce Baillie in attendance.

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)