FILM QUARTET / POLYFRAME

by Antoni PINENT
2006-2008 / 35mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 9' 24

FILM QUARTET / POLYFRAME is conceived as a small cinematographic bomb attempting to question the established definition of frame as the minimum unit of (cinematographic) time by dynamiting it in four fragments. The appropriationism applied in this work makes use of material found in Hollywood cinema (SINGING’IN THE RAIN, 1952) ; the first avant-garde period (UN CHIEN ANDALOU, 1929) and American experimental film (WAVELENGTH, 1966-67). Such method makes possible, therefore, to maintain image ecology while it provides an analysis of the history of cinema. An explosive artifact has been inscribed as cinematographic notation on musical staffs.
This piece celebrates the 50th anniversary of A MOVIE (1958), by Bruce Conner (1933-2008).

"I’ve seen FILM QUARTET / POLYFRAME several times and it continues to astonish me. I love films that bring out the plasticity of the medium and this film is a prime example – as illustrated for instance by the Super 8 frames that were individually removed. The film's wide range of source material and extensive editing are impressive as is the sound track which combines the noise of the filmic material itself with the original sound of the footage: Great achievement! My favorite scene is the fall of the pole vaulter which is interwoven with particles of black frames – the image breaks into pieces as his movement gradually slows down. Amazing!" (Peter TSCHERKASSKY, May 5th 2009)

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distribution format 35mm
screen 1,66 - Panoramic (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound opt
original language Spanish
translation English (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 31,00 €

distribution format Betacam SP (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound son
original language Spanish
translation English (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 31,00 €