Deseret & Four Corners

Deseret & Four Corners

Edition Filmmuseum 87

In the 1990s, James Benning's films were characterized primarily by an ongoing investigation of the relationship between the image and the (spoken or written) word. This 2-disc set features the two key works representing the peak of this "text-image film" period. In Deseret Benning (by way of the New York Times) retells the history of America's Mormon State Utah through spectacular black & white and color images. Art and landscape join as one in Benning's following film Four Corners, which serves as both a tribute to the famous region in the USA where four states converge and a portrait of four very different artists.

The Films

Deseret - USA 1995 - Directed, written, photographed, edited and produced by: James Benning - Voice: Fred Gardner - Premiere: January 22, 1995 (Sundance Film Festival, Utah)

Four Corners - USA 1997 - Directed, written, photographed, edited and produced by: James Benning - Voices: Hartmut Bitomsky, James Benning, Yeasup Song, Billy Woodberry - Premiere: December 17, 1997 (Wicker Park, Chicago)

DVD features (2-disc DVD)


  • Deseret 1995, 78'
  • James Benning: Viennale Q & A 1996, 15'


  • Four Corners 1997, 76'
  • 20 page bilingual booklet

Edited by: Österreichisches Filmmuseum Vienna
DVD authoring: Tobias Dressel
DVD supervision: Oliver Hanley

First Edition January 2014

TV Format Original format Audio format Language Subtitles Region code

4:3 (PAL)
Dolby Digital 2.0
All Regions


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