A scene from The Bells (1926) is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon¹s 7 minute composition. A meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an film.
Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.
There was some controversy when the film won the Best New Documentary Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010 as some members of the jury were unsure whether it qualified as a documentary or not. See more »
The technique of post syncing shouldn't have worked, nor the acting of the play on the streets either, but they really do.
The pacing of the original interviews is very interesting,very steady. There is something marvellous about the way the accents are subtly yet profoundly different from those that actors generally impose, and knowing that these voices are those of the actual people was very moving.
Seeing the real people in what would normally have been flashback but in this case is views into a previous documentary really worked.
This is a very powerful story of a tragedy with very little joy. When I see Rita, Sue and Bob Too again, one of my favourite films and one that puts most other working class depictions into a cocked hat, I wonder what my mood will be.
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