by Rose LOWDER
1979 / 16mm / couleur / sil / 19' 00 / 2E

The procedure of separating and extracting certain aspects of a scene by adjusting the focus of a series of frames in succession according to various organizational patterns is developed in Retour d'un repère in a particular way. While the filmic operations are structured in relation to a limited space (a branch over a 19c duck pond), the filmic process rests on a visual transformation of a pantoun, a verse form borrowed from literary rhetorics, which characteristically transforms itself gradually and continuously in a precise manner.

There are two versions of Retour d'un repère : a single print version and a version with two differently graded (timed) prints for simultaneous superimposed projection. The 2-screen version led to Retour d'un repère composé (Composed Recurrence).


distribution format 16mm
2 reels (209 meters)
speed 24 ips
screen 1,37 - standard
sound sil
translation no
rental fee 58,00 €