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Passage à l'acte (1993)

An avant-garde sonic and visual reediting of a short clip from the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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Credited cast:
... Jem Finch (archive footage)
... Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch (archive footage)
... Atticus Finch (archive footage)
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Four people at the breakfast table, an American family, locked in the beat of the editing table. The short, pulsating sequence at the family table shows, in its original state, a classic, deceptive harmony. Arnold deconstructs this scenario of normality by destroying its original continuity. It catches on the tinny sounds and bizarre body movements of the subjects, which, in reaction, become snagged on the continuity. The message that lies deep under the surface of the family idyll, suppressed or lost, is exposed--that message is war. Written by Sixpack Film <office@sixpackfilm.com>

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Jem Finch: Well, hurry up!
Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch: I'm trying to!
Jem Finch: Well, hurry up!
Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch: I'm trying, trying to!
Jem Finch: Well, hurry up!
Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch: I'm trying, trying, trying to!
Jem Finch: Well, hurry up!
Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch: I'm trying, trying, trying, trying to!
Jem Finch: Well, hurry up!
Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch: I'm trying, trying, trying, trying, trying to!
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Hilarious experimental piece
13 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this hard-to-get experimental film at the Tampere 35th Film Festival. Out of the 9 experimental films in that showing, this is definitely the one I enjoyed the most.

So, what is this movie? Approximately 10 seconds of American dining idyll stretched out to 12 minutes with the use of continuous, recurring repetition of tiny bits of film and sound. The simplest movement becomes a magical phenomenon of its own as it is repeated, reversed, repeated, reversed, to produce a stuttering and staggering effect that first puzzles and fascinates the viewer, then forces him to burst into uncontrollable laughter. Because as original and serious as the piece may be as art, it's also hilariously funny.

If you get the chance to see this title, do it. It'll be a film experience like none before, and you're guaranteed to enjoy it.


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