I'm Too Sad To Tell You1971
Dir. Bas Jan Ader, 16mm B/W Sound 00:03:30
An extremely influential work, emulated by any number of artists after, and still retaining its spare beauty and sadness.
“In his later work, a degree of irony is still palpable through the use of kitschy, sentimental imagery, even as the act becomes increasingly difficult to discern as such. The series of films and photographs I’m too Sad to Tell You, 1970-71, document Ader crying for the camera. This trope of Hollywood melodrama, the teary close-up, becomes a rather convincing display of emotion. Here again, he isolates the action from any narrative context, which the Hollywood counterpart depends upon for effect.” [Source: Brad Spence, “The Case of Bas Jan Ader"]