Now Available: New Digital Files from Larry Gottheim

Posted March 9th, 2021 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Digital Files, News / Events

Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that two of Larry Gottheim‘s sublime, early minimal films, the winterscapes Thought (1970) and Doorway (1971), are now available for rent as digital files.

For a full list of Gottheim’s films available from Canyon, please visit:

Thought (1970, 8 minutes, color, silent, digital file)

Opens on a snowy world, moving slightly to the left where there is a red metal trailer. A change of focus. Then a slow movement back. The reversal and the change of focus are deliberate interventions in this continuous shot. The swaying of the swing, the falling snow, the gentle movements of the tree fronds – these happen by the action of the wind… Careful attention will let you experience the significance of the title.

Doorway (1971, 8 minutes, b&w, silent, 16mm and digital file)

“Perfect works have a way of appearing unobtrusive or simple, the complexities seeming to be so correct that they flow – mesmerize one through their form – a form that bespeaks of harmony between many aesthetic concerns… Larry Gottheim’s DOORWAY is such a film. His concern for working with edges, isolating details, the prominence of the frame as a shape and revealer of edges, love of photographic texture, are all dealt with lucidly in this film… One is drawn into these beautiful images through Gottheim’s poetic feel for photographic qualities – i.e., light, movement, texture – his ability to transform a landscape through his rigorous use of the frame to isolate in order to call attention to a heretofore hidden beauty revealed through a highly selective eye.” (Barry Gerson, Film Culture)