WARHOL, Andy and John Palmer [with Jonas Mekas]. Empire... World Premier Sat. March 6th, 8:30 p.m., Adm., $2.00. City Hall Cinema, 170 Nassau Street. [New York: n.p., 1965].
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WARHOL, Andy and John Palmer [with Jonas Mekas].
Empire... World Premier Sat. March 6th, 8:30 p.m., Adm., $2.00. City Hall Cinema, 170 Nassau Street.
[New York: n.p., 1965].
Original flyer (217 × 280 mm / 8 1/2 × 11"). Printed in offset; very light crease to one edge. Signed by Jonas Mekas in pencil to verso. A fine copy.
Association copy from the archive of Jonas Mekas. 'Empire' is perhaps Warhol's most famous and influential film. It consists of a single static shot of the Empire State Building, filmed from the 44th flour of the Time-Life Building over a consecutive period between dusk on the night of July 25th 1964, and dawn the following morning. The initial idea was conceived by John Palmer, a young assistant to Jonas Mekas at Film Culture Magazine, though it was Mekas who approached Warhol with the proposal, and who also who served as cameraman on the film.
Jonas Mekas is generally regarded as one of the most important proponents of American avant-garde cinema, both for his own experimental films and also for his invaluable work in preserving the works of others. In 1960 he helped organise the New American Cinema Group, and founded the Film-Maker's Co-operative in 1962, and the Film-Makers' Cinémathèque in 1963. He also co-founded the Anthology Film Archives in 1970, which specialises in preserving and presenting avant-garde films. The year after 'Empire' was shot, the Filmmakers Co-operative helped to organise the world premiere screening at City Hall Cinema, New York, which had formerly been known as the Tribune Theatre as before that the building was the headquarters of the New York Tribune before it merged with the Herald. The theatre and most of the surrounding area was demolished the following year to make way for the One Pace Plaza building.