Of This Place And Elsewhere
A key figure in the Toronto New Wave of the 1980s, Peter Mettler is one of the most intriguing and audacious filmmakers in English Canada, known not only for his work as a director but also as a cinematographer and editor. His films are distinguished by an innovative approach to the medium, regardless of genre, bridging the gap between experimental, narrative, personal essay, and documentary. All of his work is visually stunning, particularly the two films he is best known for: Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD. Mettler is also an accomplished photographer and a pioneer in multimedia work. His live visual mixing performances are groundbreaking and legendary, and he has long been considered a leader in this field.
In Peter Mettler, Jerry White focuses on Mettler’s career as a director, emphasizing the global nature of his films. White also discusses Mettler’s groundbreaking explorations in the field of visual mixing and his work as a still photographer and cinematographer. The book is richly illustrated with examples of Mettler’s work.
Jerry White’s monograph on Peter Mettler, published on the occasion of a 2006 retrospective at TIFF, includes discussion of all his major films, including chapters devoted to Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD. It places Mettler in a Canadian context but also deals with his identity as a Swiss artist and his place in an emerging global cinema. The book also includes an extensive selection of Mettler’s photography that covers a thirty year span and is reproduced in stunning colour plates.
Published by the Toronto International Film Festival. Distributed in Canada by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Distributed outside Canada by Indiana University Press.
First edition, 2006. 250 pages, with 100 color plates.
19 cm x 23.5 cm
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