Directed by Michael Snow
This is one of the key films of the Structuralist film movement, a term coined by film critic and writer P. Adams Sitney to categorize films in which the pre-determined shape of the film was more important than the content. This could include mathematical formulas applied to the length of images, looping sections of the film, or flickering of material, for example.
In Wavelength, director Michael Snow starts with a wide shot of a studio and then creates a slow, continuous zoom over the course of the film. In this single shot, there are four human events that occur—including a death. 1967, Canada/U.S., 16mm, 45 minutes. Recommended for 16+.
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