by Paolo GIOLI
1972 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 25' 55

This film was shot frame-by-frame using laborious extreme optical close-ups. Anonimatograph: the reanimated image of an unknown amateur at the beginning of the century who becomes middle class as he focuses on friends, movie camera in hand, indoors and outdoors surrounded by war and by his sisters. I have tried to reconstruct an extravagant film diary from which I have painstakingly torn out little pages of frames. These frames were exposed and abandoned on negative on a number of photographic reels, cut together at random in two sixty-meter reels in 35mm and acquired by me for 500 Lire from a flea-market vendor. Many frames were shot vertically, others only partially exposed, sometimes properly developed, sometimes not. I tried to animate these little reels using a flicker technique with light stroboscopic touches; in short, a film that could not be recommended to anyone. [I wanted] to create the possibility of there being born from a non-film, a kind of pre-film: a little story of an innocent anonymous filmmaker a bit like me. In this way, superimposing my imagination directly onto layers of negative, syncopating the frames in a sort of manipulated notebook — electrifying them —in this cinematic mosaic of comings and goings, I encountered Him, the involuntary author of my experimentations, an insane cataloguer of images, divided between locomotives and ladies, film and orphaned children, informal excursions and soldiers. In the theater, in the audience, some gentleman might realize he is watching his own stolen images and kill me.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 110,00 €