Living

  • 15'
  • Netherlands
  • 1971
Man, woman and camera live in mutual tension with each other and the empty space. Zwartjes' masterpiece.tekst IFFR 1992:Living is a demonstration of the virtuoso camera-work in the films of Zwartjes from this period. He plays the lead in the film, but at the same time operates the (hand-held) camera which he points at himself. Zwartjes' technique of hand-held filming (without looking through the viewfinder which he couldn't anyway in this case) in rapid yet flowing movements reaches its perfection here. Zwartjes: 'I was as strong as an ox in those days.' The film is part of the series Home Sweet Home, exploring the various rooms in a house (Zwartjes' own house, new at the time, in The Hague). Zwartjes' wife Trix also plays a role in Living.The film was shot with an extremely wide-angle lens which distorted the surroundings and the people. The latter move restlessly through the house; the mood is that of a nightmare. The journey through the house to the top ends in the light.
Director
Frans Zwartjes
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
1971
Festival Edition
IFFR 2004
Length
15'
Medium
16mm
Language
Dutch