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Mile End Purgatorio

Guy Sherwin
1991
1min colour sound 16mm
made with poet Martin Doyle

Mile End Purgatorio

Words and signs taken from a row of shop-fronts are integrated with spoken words.

A one-minute hymn to the London Road via its shop-signs. A heady, rapid-fire brew of Dante, Shakespeare, the Bible and William Blake, its visual text is storefront correlated, its theme the crisis on the journey, its rhythms all of daily life, and celebratory in its observations of the seemingly known.
Gareth Evans. Filmwaves Magazine. Autumn 1999.

Neither a filmic illustration of the words of a poem, nor a poem about filmed images; it is a film-poem arising from an equal partnership between filmmaker and poet.
M.D.

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