THE PLEASURES OF THE CAPITAL

by Robert SHORT
1976 / 8mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 14' 00

De Chirico in Legoland perhaps. This little film was part of a programme for a 'happening' on the same surrealist theme staged one night in the barns and grounds of a Suffolk farm. It seemed right to conjure up the marvellous of the metropolis in the back of a rural beyond. Some of the opening shots are borrowed from Fritz Lang's 1927 film. The textual passages in the voice-over are from de Chirico's 1929 novel, 'Hebdomeros'. In 1976, my first child was six years old and mad on Lego. There was lots of it about the house and it was only a short step to using the white bricks to construct miniature versions of the master of melancholy's towers, squares and arcades. And another short step to imagining a a cluster of suspect scenarios acted out within these metaphysical spaces. In retrospect, i don't think the sequence near the end with live actors fits ins very well with the rest; but these were friends- and they had big parts to play in the rest of the 'happening'. So it's always seemed to me that it would be dishonest and ungrateful to drop their bit on the cutting-room floor.

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distribution format Mini DV (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 41,00 €