NUDE DESCENDING THE STAIRS

by Robert HUOT
1970 / b&w / silent / 1S / 9' 40




“The motif of having people slowly approach the camera first appears in Nude Descending the Stairs, an interesting minimalist work made up of three single-take, single-angle black and white silent rolls during each of which one person—in one instance, Huot dressed in a white painter’s jumpsuit; in the others, a naked woman (Marie Antoinette) —slowly descends a four storey staircase toward the camera. Because of the camera’s upward angle, the descents are translated into level forward motions during which he two people grow larger with each step they take. The film’s concern with the manipulation of space and with the details of human motion through it, accounts for both the title and the inscription ‘for Duchamp and Muybridge.’”—Scott MacDonald, “The Films of Robert Huot: 1967 to 1972”, Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Summer 1980.

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distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound silent
rental fee 32,00 €