La région centrale

  • 240'
  • Canada
  • 1971
Made over the course of five days, a robotized camera captured moving images that heretofore could not possibly be observed by the human eye. The vertical and horizontal alignment as well as the tracking speed of Snow’s equipment was determined by a machine designed and built by Pierre Abaloos. The camera lens could pass within inches of the ground and zoom into the infinity of the sky.
Initially, the camera pans through 360° and then it begins to provide progressively stranger views (on its side, upside down) through circular and back-and-forth motions. The last hour culminates in unbelievably high-speed twisting and swirling motions, rendering dynamic colour and line abstractions.
The weird soundtrack was constructed from the electronic sounds of the programmed controls. Arguably the most spectacular experimental film made anywhere in the world. Also see Single Frame Snow in Signals: Regained.
Director
Michael Snow
Country of production
Canada
Production Year
1971
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
240'
Medium
16mm
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Michael Snow
Sales
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
Editor
Michael Snow
Production Design
Michael Snow, Pierre Abbeloos
Sound Design
Michael Snow
Website
http://www.cfmdc.org/film/1065