Room - Double Take

by Gidal, Peter

Film: 16mm 1967

British Film Institute

Structuralist film which explores the objects in a room through a series of zooms and alteration of focus: a mink stole, plants, a doorknob, prints, a film light, a guitar. The camera's movement terminates with a close up of a man sitting on a bed smoking a hash pipe. "In Room, [Gidal] makes deliberate use of the complete repetition of a whole film [...]. The camera's movement is slow and in close up on the objects it passes, causing the viewer to mentally search ahead of its motion, particulary in the repeat". Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond, 1977


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