Mind-boggling, somewhat exhausting, but gorgeous, original, and totally vital, "Spectres of the Spectrum" is part practical joke, part hysterical paranoid rant, and part sci-fi film, wrapped in one glorious low-budget package.
I've never seen anything like it. Baldwin has taken a breath-taking amount of archival film footage (who knows where he got all of it) and chopped it into a fairly lean history lesson on the use and abuse of electricity and electromagnetic frequencies.
Some of it is true. Some of it isn't. Some you wonder about. All of it is fascinating. At first he gives you the information so fast you feel overwhelmed, but eventually a pattern starts to unfold.
It takes place in a parallel world where a man and his daughter are living in an airstream trailer in the desert. Some kind of apocalypse has occurred. The man and his daughter speak without talking. This original footage is a bit cheesy and involves time travel and some really bad f/x (they may be intentionally bad), but fortunately doesn't take up too much of the running time.
Anyway, see this if you have any interest in fringe art or cut-up technique or conspiracy theories. I found it a little overwhelming, but totally mesmerizing.
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