The Legend of Barbara Rubin
Film Culture 80
Barbara Rubin, Jonas Mekas

Design by Tania Prill, Franziska Bauer


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Having entered the New York underground in the 1960s while still a teenager, filmmaker Barbara Rubin quickly became one of its key figures. Her pioneering 1963 double-projection film Christmas on Earth was both sexually provocative and aesthetically innovative.

Cinema / Photography, Essay / Literature
She worked regularly with Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, introduced Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg, and connected Warhol with The Velvet Underground. During an intense period of activity and travel, Rubin wrote passionate letters about film and the underground to Mekas. This special eightieth issue of the magazine Film Culture features her previously unpublished letters to Mekas. It also includes interviews and Rubin’s script, Christmas on Earth Continued, a planned sequel to her notorious film.
This publication appeared in conjunction with the exhibition and festival Edit Film Culture!, which runs from 6 to 22 July 2018 at silent green Kulturquartier, SAVVY Contemporary, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin.
215 pages, 50 illustrations
Paperback, 19.5x27 cm
Spector Books, 1st edition 2018
ISBN 9783959052023