Re: Written texts in experimental film

From: Nicholas O'Brien (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jan 18 2010 - 07:29:04 PST


O man! This looks amazing, do you know where a copy of this might be (just
for curiosity)?


2010/1/18 Marcos Ortega <email suppressed>

> Isidoro Valcárcel Medina's La celosía (1972) is a literal transcription of
> Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel 'La Jalousie'.
> From Bonet & Palacio's 'Práctica fílmica y vanguardia artística en España,
> 1925-1981':
> "*A limit experience limit-experience undoubtedly more original and
> interesting is embodied by the film 'La celosía' (1972), by Isidoro
> Valcárcel Medina, a plastic artist akin to conceptualism in some of his
> works. It is a literal transcript or "adaptation" of the novel by
> Robbe-Grillet, starting literally from the text as the only visual and audio
> component. A film inevitably destined to cause an attitude in the audience:
> nearly two hours in length, without any "image" (except for a schematic
> sketch), rather than a text reproduced from beginning to end, without
> alteration (except that represented by the translation), but with many
> variations in the mode of transcription. There is, indeed, a real planning
> (decoupage) of the text, with caesuras determined subjectively by the
> author, so that a shot may contain a word, phrase, number, a paragraph, a
> fragment arbitrarily determined, or else the text read in voiceover. At
> times, the original French text is used, in others, reading is hampered in
> several ways: simultaneous asynchronous written text and spoken text,
> voiceovers, choppy sound, and so on. Taking the proposal to its logical
> conclusion, the film by Valcárcel Medina involves and questions notions of
> authorship and performance, perception and intelligibility, language/s and
> specificity, providing a truly unique 'anticinematográphic' challenge.*"
> Quoting Kim Knowles <email suppressed>:
> >
> > Dear Frameworkers,
> > I'm doing some research into written text in experimental film and
> > wondered if anyone had any suggestions of relevant works. The
> > research is part of a project exploring cognitive responses to
> > hybrid works of art combining text and image. I'm looking at films
> > such as Peter Rose's 'Secondary Currents', Michael Snow's 'So Is
> > This' and Hollis Frampton's 'Zorns Lemma'. I'd really appreciate any
> > ideas on this, particularly in relation to contemporary practice. Is
> > anyone currently working in this area?
> > Many thanks!
> > Kim Knowles
> >
> >
> >
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> Best regards,
> Marcos Ortega
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Nicholas O'Brien
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