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Date: Thu Mar 05 2009 - 14:00:29 PST

Phill Niblock: The Movement of People Working -

Experiments in Terror 3


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Street Date: March 31, 2009


Phill Niblock: The Movement of People Working

$24.95 SRP/Edu

European List Prices:

24.95 Euros / 16.99 GBP

Catalog #: MC-766

UPC: 880198076694


2003 - 208 mins


This DVD collects a number of Niblock's documentary films analyzing the
dynamics of motion involved in manual labour. The images on the disc are all
accompanied by Niblock's own minimalist approach to soundtracking. Niblock
started making these films back in 1973, upon visiting Mexico and Peru. It
was here that he set out on his observation of the impersonal machinations
of work. These films concentrate specifically on the work of human hands,
both in terms of crafts, like weaving, and on the more industrial scale of
farming, as is focused on by the films shot in Hungary, made in 1985 (the
most recent work here). In this Hungarian sequence a man reaps in a field
using an old-fashioned scythe: the worker's rhythmic torsional movements are
beautifully mirrored by Niblock's droning woodwind, as the composer
continually renews his breath and restarts on the same pitch, replicating
the visual cycle of unbroken repetition. Later on, we see a close-up of a
woman milking a cow. Again, a rhythmic structure is established in both
visual and auditory terms. It's pretty bewitching stuff considering how
simple the component elements are. In addition to the conceptual success of
the piece - which finds Niblock evoking a powerful sense of existential
non-movement - he amply shows off his chops both as a filmmaker and a
composer. The films here were produced on beautiful Kodachrome print stock,
while the music is utterly timeless, the kind of infinite-chord drone work
that only the very best artists in the genre can come up with. Magnificent.


Experiments in Terror 3

$24.95 SRP/Edu

European List Prices:

24.95 Euros / 16.99 GBP

Catalog #: MC-893

UPC: 880198089397


2008 - 109 mins


Striking for the third time, EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR 3 unleashes another
hallucinogenic orgy of the uncanny, the dreadful, and the macabre.

Employing a mesmerizing montage of terrifying tropes and fiendish footage,
our kino-coven conjures more than a bewitching hour of visionary cinema.
Pounding a stake through the heart of genre convention, this shocking
program expands the cinematic language of fear, breaking the chains of
narrative logic and leaving only the black void of the infinite unconscious.


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