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38 Ratings


Directed by Michael Snow
Canada, 1981
Avant-Garde, Fantasy


Snow invites us to contemplate and put into question his chosen medium, in an oscillation between what is represented, its process and material.

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Critics reviews

The first ten minutes tweaks expectations as the image slowly unsqueezes from a vertical slit to reveal a nude woman on a bed. The next two sequences are absurdist explorations of “camera-movement”: in the first it is the set that moves, with the performers struggling to stay afoot; in the second, the camera invades the set, demolishing everything in its path. Finally, the back wall collapses revealing a window on to the real world…
July 04, 2008
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Despite a hilarious early sequence, Michael Snow’s 1981 feature isn’t quite the revelation it hopes to be—at least in relation to his three previous films “about” camera movement, Wavelength, Back and Forth, and La Region Centrale. But all of Snow’s films are packed with interesting ideas, and this one is no exception.
April 01, 1988
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