by Jean-Michel BOUHOURS
1976 / Super 8mm / color / silent / 1S / 18' 00

This is my first film based on the unity of the photogram, started in the fall of 1975 and finished at the very beginning of the following year. What to do after Sharits, Kubelka, Kren? How to continue their contribution to cinema? Refusing to accept a cinema where the randomness of images would be the rule, I imagined myself inspired by the musical model. The musical art is infinite and yet the musical notes are limited in number. From there, I imagined starting from a fixed photograph that was the vision of my window and building from this image chromatic variations that would select parts of the image. The film was written entirely with the help of a score (see image) and was inspired by Steve Reich's repetitive music composition models. What interested me in the so-called minimal music approach was precisely the extreme tension that this music required from the listener, which "resonates" with what he listens to: each variation in the repetitive model becomes the event instead of the classical musical theme. I wanted to adapt this model to the cinema I wanted to make, so that the film experience could achieve something similar to listening to Reich's music. JMB
Special Jury Prize at the International Young Cinema Festival, Toulon 1976.


distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
version restored version
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound silent
rental fee 76,00 €

distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 76,00 €