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Nails (1979)

| Documentary, Short
A film about the manufacturing of nails.

Director:

Phillip Borsos
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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This Oscar nominated documentary short tracks the shift in the relationship of an individual to his work between the 19th century and today. Focusing on how nails are made, we first see a blacksmith laboring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene then shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a 20th century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow. /// Comment fabrique-t-on un clou? Qu'il soit forgé sur l'enclume, coupé mécaniquement ou produit de façon industrielle, ce petit objet si utile traverse les mêmes étapes relativement simples de fabrication. La démonstration d'une technique et son évolution est illustrée par trois lieux de travail: la forge, l'atelier et l'usine. Sans commentaire, avec accompagnement de bruits naturels qui rendent plus saisissantes encore ces vivantes images de feu et d'eau.

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Interesting use of visuals
24 May 2003 | by danaisgoneSee all my reviews

I was shown "Nails" in a film class and was really enthralled and enjoyed the experience.

The film is a short about the manufacturing of Nails. Yet it has no narration. It just shows the machines working and the nails being produced, with the sounds of the factory in the background. Simple.

But it's the strength of the shots that makes the film worth watching. The composition is the strength.

If you are interested in film as a purely visual medium try and find this. Although I'd have no idea where you should go look.


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