"How much love I experienced in these dreams of mine! It was so abundant, so overflowing, that afterwards there wasn't even any need to apply it in practice. But I was never able to dream consistently for more than three months. After this amount of time I would feel an overwhelming need to embrace all people, all mankind, immediately, at once! And that required the presence of at least one person existing in reality. So I would plunge forth into society ..."
Notes From Underground is a CD-Rom movie
based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The
64-minute movie updates Dostoevsky's classic
satire from 19th Century St. Petersburg, Russia
to modern-day New York City, and stars Phil Zampino
as the Underground Man.|
Web designer Levi Asher produced, directed and edited Notes From Underground as an experiment in no-budget filmmaking, using only standard-issue household equipment (an ordinary video camcorder, a Mac 7500 and a copy of Adobe Premiere). Released in October 1998, the movie has been praised in the Village Voice, Time Digital, WIRED Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
A few still-photo scenes from the movie can be seen here.
Notes will run on Windows, Mac or Unix and requires no disk space or installation other than Quicktime 3.0 (included on disk). The cost is $12.00. Will ship anywhere in the world at no additional charge. Here's how you can get a copy ...
If you haven't used Paypal before, it's a simple and safe payment system that is also frequently used on EBay and many other sites. But if you don't like buying things online, the CD-Rom can be ordered via mail order or phone from Water Row Books (go to "Books In Print"). Check out all the other great beat/underground/alternative books and book-related stuff at Water Row while you're there.
It's also for sale at a few bookstores including the St. Mark's Bookshop in New York City. Finally, you can get a copy just by sending $12.00 (make out checks to Literary Kicks) to this address:
|The Underground Man||Phil Zampino|
|The Prostitute||Liza Sabater||The Businessman||Jeff Groth|
|The Office Temp||William Perez|
|Guy Who Likes Cigars||Eduardo Samame|
|Curious Guy In Office||Mark Napier|
|"A Sick Man"|
|"Sublime And Beautiful"|
|"The Dinner Party"|
|"The Office Temp"|
Adapted, directed, edited, designed and engineered by
Levi Asher. "Romanian Rhapsody No. 1" by Georges Enesco
used by permission of Leningrad State Orchestra, Iakov
Total running time is 64 minutes. Designed for Windows or Mac. Will also run on Linux, Unix or any operating system that supports Quicktime 3.0 or above.
More general information about Dostoevsky and his writings can be found at Christiaan Stange's excellent Dostoevsky: The Website.
by Levi Asher