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by Raban, William

Film: 16mm 1970


'This is one of a series of films of a river filmed over one whole day in winter using a static camera. 'The film alternates from recording in time-lapse (one frame every ten seconds) to running through the camera at 24 f.p.s. (regular speed). The film was made in a continuous heavy rainstorm, and the front element of the Angenieux lens accumulated drops of rain on its surface until the view became obscured. The bursts of film at normal speed occur just after the lens had been wiped dry to reveal the trees, marsh grass, and watersedge in clear sharp focus beyond.' - W.R. 'The film is also a pure documentary of the way the camera copes with time (and this mechanistic process is more important than the specific image content)...Vicarious hypnosis is not encouraged. The film demands a dialectic aesthetic act on our part, it's a beautiful film on Raban's part.' - Peter Gidal

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Shown in Avant-garde British Landscape Films Tate, 1975


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