IL SORRISO DELLA SFINGE

by Sirio LUGINBÜHL
1971 / 8mm / color / sound / 1S / 12' 04

THE SMILE OF THE SPHINX

"The Smile of The Sphinx" is the result of three minor and unexpected events that happened to me simultaneously: 1°) finding in my library 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; 2°) coming across a disc of Japanese music from a time when it wasn’t yet contaminated by U.S. rhythms – a disc that had been brought in Europe by a long-distance captain in 1937 (year of my birth); 3°) looking at a road sign, on the post of which a bunch of red carnation had been fastened.
This “mysterious” film had been in my mind for years. And because this work is testament to my lack of knowledge, I don’t want any copy of it to be ever made, so that the film material will slowly and relentlessly deteriorate, and the work go back to the void it comes from.
Cinema Underground Oggi, curated by Sirio Luginbühl, Mastrogiacomo Editore, Image 70, p.47, Padova, 1974. (French translation from Italian by Enrique Seknadje)

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 48,00 €