by Len LYE
1937 / b&w / sound / 1S / 7' 00
When Lye was commissioned by the GPO Film Unit to make a live-action film about the need to be careful in addressing letters, he decided to make it an experiment in subverting the orthodox language of film editing. His approach turned a simple story about a lovers’ quarrel into a montage of bizarre camera angles and point-of-view shots, accompanied by lively jazz music. Lye’s favourite sequence (showing the young woman getting dressed and going for a walk) was so extreme that the GPO Film Unit removed it and sadly it has since been lost (though Lye documented it in the Summer 1939 issue of Sight and Sound).
|screen||1,37 - Standard (single screen)|
|rental fee||31,00 €|