A film poem; a zither plays. A woman lies naked in bed. A man removes his clothes, joins her, and they kiss. Images fill the frame, at first still lifes of common objects: a door knob, ... See full summary »

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A film poem; a zither plays. A woman lies naked in bed. A man removes his clothes, joins her, and they kiss. Images fill the frame, at first still lifes of common objects: a door knob, glasses, a cactus, a lamp. Then simple actions: a drawer pulled out, a letter mailed. On the soundtrack, with the music, the man and woman comment about mundane things - unconnected phrases. The actions on screen slowly become more rapid and forceful: a bird in a cage flitting about, water boiling, a drill bit biting into wood; the dialogue has stopped. Sheets on a line blow in the wind; a subway train shoots by. The images slow. Voices of the man and woman, off-screen, return. We see them lying side by side. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Mechanics of Love is one really unusual short film
6 August 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this very unusual short on YouTube. If you've read the synopsis above, you should get the idea of what happens in this brief film. I will mention that the woman, Nina Glenn, is topless so obviously, this wasn't shown in mainstream theatres during this period of the Production Code. We probably wouldn't have seen the man, Michael Crane, take off his clothes and certainly not both making love naked during this time in the Major Studio releases of the era. And those random images with Crane and Ms. Glenn making unrelated comments certainly isn't something any studio head would green-light in their lineup of upcoming films. In fact, directors Willard Maas and Ben Moore don't seem to want to make something that would make any real sense. Actually, though what I just described isn't what I would call entertaining, at least the zither music by John Gruen provides a wonderful distraction throughout. So if you're interested in the really offbeat type of film, Mechanics of Love should be right up your alley.


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