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Peary Wilmington

“Michael and I were both part of an astonishingly passionate and extremely contentious film scene at Wisconsin, where, around 1970, certainly more 16mm film societies existed than on any other campus in America. This was during the Vietnam War, and the film lovers broke into two groups, the “politicos” (I and others), who wanted left-wing and agitprop cinema, and the “aesthetes” (Michael and others), who opted for personal, formally elegant films regardless of their politics. My how these two groups fought! Even literally: it’s too silly today to explain the circumstances which led to Michael leaping on my back one day in the Wisconsin student union and wrestling me to the ground. Luckily, my girlfriend at the time pulled Michael off me, two against one, and no punches were thrown.”
Gerald Peary On Michael Wilmington

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