Yoko Ono's first film, 1966's "Film No. 1" (a.k.a. "A Walk To Taj Mahal" or "Fluxfilm No. 14: One"), breaks down the barrier between camera and audience as the camera takes on the viewers point of view walking through a snow storm.
A 16 mm film, featuring Yoko Ono's own eye slowly blinking, shot by Peter Moore with a high-speed camera at 2,000 frames per second, which is projected at normal speed, 24 frames per second, thus creating a slow-motion effect.
This film is from the point of view of a cameraman following a young woman through the streets of a city. He chases her down an alley and knocks her over, in a symbolic form of video assault. No dialogue.
This bizarre film consisted of a seemingly endless parade of naked buttocks in motion, belonging to people who had been induced into a studio and be photographed from the rear as they walked a revolving platform, during which process they discussed various trivial matters with the studio operatives. Apparently several well-known people had let themselves be talked into appearing, who subsequently claimed they were "tricked" as they feared their backsides might be a source of eventual identification! The film was rejected by the UK film censors, but given a local "X" by the London Council, which enabled the film to be seen in London cinemas. I went to the opening night, and when the film had finished, a somewhat forlorn and intense Yoko was in the foyer canvassing public opinion. The film really was a one-joke item which went on for far too long, but compassion compelled me to give her a few words of encouragement, and I told her I thought it was "interesting" and, after the first hour, became quite surreal. I also added my view that the censors were stupid to reject such a harmless and innocent experimental film. This of course was all before she had met The Beatles and John Lennon, after which of course she no longer needed any compassion or encouragement from me. One UK critic writing about the film very wittily said that the tedium was only relieved by the occasional glimpse of scrotum! I think that about says it all!
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