Jonas Mekas - The Sixties Quartet
Four films that shed light on the life, art and atmosphere of the sixties.

Jonas Mekas is a pioneer of the avant-garde and has often been called the “godfather of American avant-garde cinema.”

Mekas was born in Lithuania in 1929. In 1944 he fled his home country because of the war and went on a long and dangerous journey through Europe before settling in the US. In 1949 he bought his first 16mm Bolex camera and started filming moments of his life. In his long and eventful carrier he has made countless films, both long and short, and received awards for his work all over the world. His films are varied in form but he is perhaps most known for his “diary films”, which are made up of snapshots of his daily life. Mekas has collaborated with some of the the world’s most celebrated artists, such as Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Salvador Dali, Yoko Ono and John Lennon.

Mekas is man of many talents. Through the years he has done a lot of writing on cinema and he founded the magazine Film Culture with his brother Adolfas Mekas, which was to devoted to writings about the art of cinema. Mekas is also a prolific writer of poetry and is considered one of Lithuania’s greatest contemporary poets.


Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections (1990)

A unique insight into the life of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The film chronicles not only Andy Warhol himself, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat.

Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (1992)

Portrait of George Maciunas, one of the most known members of the Fluxus movement. Fluxus was an international group of avant-garde artists and has been described as “the most radical and experimental art movement of the sixties.” We follow Maciunas through his daily routine, get familiarized with his art, and go picnicking with Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Happy Birthday to John (1995)

Mekas describes the film with these words: “On October 9th, 1972, half of the music world gathered in Syracuse, N.Y. to celebrate the opening of the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Fluxus show, designed by George Maciunas. The same day, a smaller group gathered in a local hotel room to celebrate John's birthday.”

This Side of Paradise (1999)

In This side of Paradise, Jonas Mekas goes on summer holiday with former first lady Jackie Kennedy and her family.

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 129 min | 3.92 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Francais, Lithuanian, Deutsch
Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Download Jonas Mekas - The Sixties Quartet: Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections (1990), Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (Fluxus) (2002), Happy Birthday to John (1997), This Side of Paradise (1999) DVD5:

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