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A short film which has its emphasis on back street walls with peeling posters and the constant pedestrian traffic in the foreground. It has a static camera positioned in front of the walls; experimental editing techniques, no dialogue-just background music, and quick edits of blackness throughout. Written by ARCHIE MOORE <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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One of Peter Greenaway's very earliest cinematic experiments
15 December 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is an example of one of the very earliest films made by avant-garde director Peter Greenaway. As you should fully expect, it's a highly experimental bit of work that is focused on film structure to a pretty specific level of mathematical precision. It takes the form of a series of static shots of Venice in a visual sequence which is repeated three times. Each loop is accompanied with a different soundtrack, beginning with a metronome, then with a voice-over and lastly adding some Vivaldi music. The latter composer was a famous native of Venice and one of its most significant cultural exports, however, the film itself is pretty far removed from being travelogue material. Shot in black and white, it actively avoids capturing anything conventionally pretty and instead records images of the back streets of this city. As a result, the material could have almost come from anywhere, far less one of the most iconic and famously beautiful cities in the world. I'm guessing that subverting expectations is part of what Greenaway is up to here. The film itself is very short, so it's hard getting too excited about its contents. It's essentially an exercise in experimenting with the rhythms of the image and sound of cinema. In other words, it's typically left-of-centre fare from this director once again.


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