The Joy of Life

The Joy of Life

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The Joy of Life

The sixty-five minute, avant-garde experimental film Joy of Life opens as a feature on the day-to-day experiences of a militant lesbian in the San Francisco Bay area, and her bittersweet, occasionally heartbreaking search for love and lust. It then uses these themes as a springboard, segueing, free-form, into a documentary exploration of lesbian sexuality, Frank Capra's 1941 classic Meet John Doe, and the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a point of departure for suicides. In voice-over, Lawrence Ferlinghetti delivers his poetic elegy to Frisco, City of Light, while the late Weldon Kees (rumored as a Golden Gate jumper) composed the music used in the film. Writer-director Jenni Olson authored this picture, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and received high praise from The San Francisco Examiner and The Village Voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2006
UPC: 0712267500222
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Strand Home Video
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:05:00

Special Features

Jenni Olson's acclaimed shorts: Meep! Meep!, Blue Diary, Sometimes; The Joy of Life original theatrical trailer; Information Guide: The Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier campaign

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Joy of Life
1. Snapshot History [10:38]
2. How Do I Want to Say This? [10:04]
3. This Big Butch Stud [6:42]
4. Ferlinghetti [1:51]
5. Meet John Doe [8:04]
6. Suicide Landmark [9:25]
7. Barrier Chronology [7:50]
8. End of Land Sadness [9:22]

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The Joy of Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just had to post and say that this title is not Panned & Scanned. Believe it or not, it was actually shot on regular 16mm film which means that transferring it to DVD didn't require panning and scanning. What you see is the full- frame of the film exactly as it was shot. And P.S. I know it seems tacky to give your own film a 5 star rating but the BN website forces you to include a rating (what can I say-- I really like my movie). And I hope you will, too.