Saturday, September 29, 2007

Free Fall (1964)

Mark Slade, who worked at the Board at the time the film was made believes that “Free Fall” is based on the juxtaposition of The Green Fuse and Arthur Rimbaud’s poem, A Season In Hell. Slade remembers that upon their first meeting Arthur said that he was trying to make “film the way Dylan Thomas made poetry”. Arthur then said “it was impossible in film to do anything so beautiful, but he would like to try”. The rapid-fire clips of trees and insects were shot in Montreal by Arthur using Norman McLaren’s animation camera as if he were shooting stills. The technique probably had not been used before and the effect is like watching fast-moving black and white impressionist painting. (Arthur Lipsett Free Fall | Amelia Does)

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