James Broughton 1928-2007
Testament (1974)
“TESTAMENT is James Broughton’s exquisite self-portrait. A major figure in avant-garde filmmaking and poetry since the 1940s, Broughton views his life and life’s work with irony, charm, humor, and a combination of joyous self-love and gentle self-depreciation. Scenes from his earlier films mix the elements of humor, magic, slapstick, melodrama, and romance which mark his aesthetic. A plethora of rich personal symbols is woven throughout the film, tied together by verbal games, Zen poems, anecdotes, songs, a child’s prayer, dreams, and visions.” – Karen Coopery with the angels, Broughton laughs with God rather than at him." - Alan Watts