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Wavelength (1967)

One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

Director:

Michael Snow

Writer:

Michael Snow
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hollis Frampton Hollis Frampton
Lyne Grossman Lyne Grossman
Naoto Nakazawa Naoto Nakazawa
Roswell Rudd Roswell Rudd
Amy Taubin Amy Taubin
Joyce Wieland Joyce Wieland
Amy Yadrin Amy Yadrin
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One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

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Drama

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1967 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Длина волны See more »

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Trivia

Michael Snow has stated that his intent with the film was for it to be "a summation of my nervous system, religious inklings and aesthetic ideas." See more »

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Referenced in The Shining (1980) See more »

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Strawberry Fields Forever
Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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Beyond my appreciation, which I don't think is all my fault
21 January 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watched this film/installation from Michael Snow in MoMA recently and in a way I feel lucky to have seen it in the way I did, particularly in light of the comments here from those that also saw it. For me the good fortunate comes from seeing a version called WVLNT, which is also known as Wavelength for Those Short of Time, or words to that effect. Essentially this version was the original film broken down into three parts and then laid over one another. Maybe this loses something by doing this but for me I'm not sure what I would have gained from seeing the longer version.

Apparently the film is important in an artistic influence sense but I really think that whatever group appreciates this is not a group I will ever be able to join. I took nothing from it and wasn't able to find anything to really grasp onto as a starting point. Even in the context of having spent the morning in an art gallery trying to be open minded to things, I couldn't find space for this. I would love to sound intelligence and art-savvy but WVLNT really just seemed difficult and obscure for the sake of it.


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