This short follows Lennon and Ono as they take a hot-air balloon ride over snow-covered countryside.




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Yoko Ono fixed a camera, pointing downward, to a weather balloon and released it. As the balloon begins its ascent, we see Ono and husband John Lennon sitting on a Central Park bench. Several minutes into the film, the balloon enters a bank of clouds, eradicating the image for several more minutes, when it emerges from the clouds, the view from above them is spectacular. This single-reel movie ends at the point when the camera ran out of film. Written by Marc Paquette

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December 1970 (USA)  »

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5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a perfect film.....short and simple, Ono takes a camera and a boom mike onto a hot air balloon, kicks the rope, and starts the camera and lets us watch as it goes above the clouds for a 17 minute shot. Key things to notice: A roll of 16mm film films only 14 minutes yet the film runs for 17, meaning somewhere in the clouds Ono had another camera loaded and started when the first one ran out, yet somehow the splice is not noticeable and there weren't any computers at the time to fix this sort of thing.....all i can say is optical printing tricks at its best. The last shot, as the balloon rises above the clouds, the wind silences, and the sun becomes visible, is alone worth checking out this timeless classic of experimental film. Contact MOMA to borrow a print for your film classes or local museums.

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