Robert Kramer Retrospective [1990]

Dear Doc

- 1990 / France / English / Color / 35 min / Video

Photography, Editing: Robert Kramer
Production Companies: Les Films d’Ici, La Sept
Source: Les Films d’Ici

-- “At the end of Route One / USA, after having edited for nine months, I didn’t think we were finished with the material. We didn’t even tell the real story in Route One / USA. Whatever we thought we were doing, one thing that we were doing is living out the proper adventure of Robert and Paul, a certain kind of male love story, something that went way back into the past when we had been militants together and had found a real focus in this experience of making two movies together. The movies—besides the stories they toldwere the untold story of our relationship. What happened was Dear Doc. As usual, I had very little sense of what I’d done. I didn’t know what to think about it. We carried this little things to ARTE with an enormous sense of dread. We showed this thing to Philippe Garrel. At the end there was this ponderous silence. This thing was so blunt that I went home and packed up all the elements and put this things away, and figured that was that and never looked at it again. I didn’t remember that the film existed. It was only last year, when Cedric Venail and Vincent Vatrican were going through my videos, that they took this thing home and came back the next day raving. I put it on the machine. At first I did not recognize any of it. Now it’s one of my favorite films.”

—Robert Kramer (Festival Cinema Giovani 1997)

• Robert Kramer Retrospective | FALN | In the Country | The Edge | Ice | People’s War | Milestones | Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal | Guns | A Great Day in France / Birth | As Fast as You Can | Fear | Doc’s Kingdom | Route One / USA | Dear Doc | Berlin 10/90 | Video Letters: Robert Kramer and Stephen Dwoskin | Leeward | Point de départ / Starting Place | Walk the Walk | The Coat | Ghosts of Electricity | SayKomSa | Cities of the Plain | Against Forgetting