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Water and Power (1989)

By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques, the film explores the complex battle for natural ... See full summary »

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By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques, the film explores the complex battle for natural resources waged between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley.

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brilliant filmmaking
14 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

After ten years in production this eye-opening, experimental mini-feature gives new meaning to the phrase 'state-of-the-art' (circa 1987). Using time-lapse photography, multiple exposures, animation, and other computer-controlled optical effects, director Pat O'Neill takes the viewer on a hypnotic tour of the Southern California power grid, exploring the collision between humankind and nature with a dazzling array of playful and enigmatic images. The film is a (strictly non-narrative) visual showcase, but what might have been merely a technical exercise in virtuoso FX wizardry becomes an exciting and challenging work of art, combining a sophisticated, choreographed sound track, several comic visual juxtapositions (including segments from old Hollywood movies such as Cecil B. DeMille's 'The Ten Commandments'), and odd inter-title story fragments.


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