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6 min. Without dialogue.

Black and white evokes nostalgia for the Great Depression. Things were so cheap, including lives. We see daredevils (desperate people) compete for money prizes. Baby prepares for World War II.

Ken Jacobs was born in 1933 in New York, USA. He studied painting with Hans Hofmann from 1956 to 1957. He started making films in 1955. In 1966, Jacobs founded the Millennium Film Workshop, of which he was the director until 1968. A year later he started the Department of Cinema at the State University of New York in Binghamton. He taught there from 1974 until his retirement in 2000. Along with teaching cinema, he has made a number of experimental films and videos, which have been shown worldwide. In addition, he has presented a series of film performances under the names “The Nervous System” since the mid 1970s and “The Nervous Magic Lantern” since 2000.
The Whole Shebang continues his series of Eternalisms: indefinitely moving screen-images that not only appear in three-dimensional depth on 2D monitors but are also available to even a single eye – no glasses needed.

Production company Ken Jacobs (New York, USA). Director Ken Jacobs. Music Michael Schumacher.


selection: 1955: Orchard Street (12 min., Forum Expanded 2015). 1959: Star Spangled to Death. 1963: The Whirled (27 min.). 1960: Little Stabs at Happiness (18 min.). 1963: Blonde Cobra (30 min.), Baud’larian Capers (25 min.). 1964: Window (12 min.), The Winter Footage (50 min.). 1967: Air Shaft (4 min.). 1968: Soft Rain (12 min.), Nissan Ariana Window (15 min.). 1969: Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son (115 min.), Globe (22 min.). 1975: Urban Peasants (50 min.). 1978: The Doctor’s Dream (27 min.). 1985: Perfect Film (27 min.), The Winter Footage (50 min.). 1990: Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896 (11 min.). 1991: Keaton’s Cops (23 min.). 1995: The Georgetown Loop (11 min.), Disorient Express (30 min.). 1999: Flo Rounds a Corner (6 min.). 2002: A Tom Tom Chaser (10 min.), Circling Zero: Part One, We See Absence (114 min.). 2003: Keeping an Eye on Stan (117 min.), Capitalism: Slavery (3 min.). 2004: Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise (108 min.), Mountaineer Spinning (26 min.), Star Spangled to Death (420 min.). 2005: Spiral Nebula (45 min., Forum 2006). 2006: New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 (132 min.). 2007: Let There Be Whistleblowers (18 min., Forum Expanded 2007), Razzle Dazzle (The Lost World) (92 min.), Capitalism: Child Labor (14 min.), Anaglyph Tom (Tom with Puffy Cheeks) (108 min.). 2009: What Happened on 23rd Street in 1901 (14 min.). 2011: Seeking the Monkey King (39 min., Forum Expanded 2012). 2012: Street Vendor (6 min.), Cyclopean 3D Life with a Beautiful Woman (47 min.), Blankets for Indians 3D (57 min.). 2013: A Primer in Sky Socialism (58 min., Forum Expanded 2014), Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus (180 min.), The Guests (73 min., Forum 2014). 2014: Pygmalion Cubed (100 min.), Canopy (4 min.), Cyclops Observes the Celestial Bodies (15 min., Forum Expanded 2015). 2016: Popeye Sees 3D (21 min., Forum Expanded 2017), Ulysses in the Subway (59 Min., Forum Expanded 2017, with Flo Jacobs, Marc Downie, and Paul Kaiser). 2017: Shelley Duvall is Olive Oyl (21 min., forum expanded 2018). 2019: The Whole Shebang.

Photo: © Ken Jacobs

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