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by Christian LEBRAT


by Christian LEBRAT
1978 / color / silent / 1S / 10' 00

The densest film of the divided-frame group is the aptly titled 1978 Networks, which includes as many as 20 exposures of the same roll of film. Here only one slit was used, but Lebrat combines within one image many narrow strips taken at diverse Paris locations, sometimes seen through colored filters. The enclosed, even claustrophobic space of the strips contrasts with Lebrat’s superimposition of them and with the movement within the strips and by the strips within the frame. For instance, Lebrat undercuts the strips’ linearity by rotating the camera, creating vortex like swirls. Paris is recognizable in the fragments of ornate buildings we see. But, more to the point, Lebrat’s layered imagery is a metaphor for the dense cultural layering of Paris itself —buildings and street plans from different periods and in different styles, and structures that have long, complex histories. The film is alive with glimpses of urban spaces about which one feels there is much more to know, but Lebrat’s multiple, continuous movements propel one forward. (Fred Camper, “Immaterial Worlds”, Chicago Reader, April 21, 2000)


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 44,00 €