by Sirio LUGINBÜHL
1971 / 8mm / color / sound / 1S / 12' 04
« THE SMILE OF THE SPHINX was born from three minor and unexpected events that happened simultaneously - the discovery of a small and precious copy of Henry Miller’s essay "Obscenity and The Law of Reflection" (New York, 1947), published by his friend Vanni Scheiwiller, in my library; the recovery of a disc of Japanese music not yet contaminated by the U.S rhythms, exported to Europe by a long-distance sea captain in 1937 (my year of birth); and the contemplation of a road sign, to which had been tied a bouquet of carnations.
This "mysterious" film has been on my mind for years now, and as this work is a testament of my lack of culture, I do not desire for any copy to be made from it. I wish for the plastic film to slowly and relentlessly deteriorate - for the work to return to the void it came from. »
Cinema Underground Oggi, directed by Sirio Luginbühl, Mastrogiacomo Editore, Image 70, p. 47, Padova, 1974.
|distribution format||Digital file on server (HD)|
|screen||1,37 - Standard (single screen)|
|rental fee||48,00 €|