3 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 5 minutes
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This beautiful film by Thorsten Fleisch is made entirely from stills of crumpled sheets of foil. The foil images rush by, one per frame, at the rate of 24 frames a second, making it impossible for the eye to linger. These high contrast stills of foil look like they could be aerial shots of a mountain range, or the moon. Although the sequence of frames seems largely random, there must be a subtle patterning to it, because after a while one seems to see expanding and contracting circles, spirals, rotations, and what look like mountains moving laterally. At times it looks like someone violently shaking a tree branch thick with leaves. This last association comes to mind because of the noisy soundtrack, evocative of the crinkling of foil. A kinetically and visually stimulating ride, watching “Silver Screen” is like riding a roller coaster crashing through a very particular terrain of texture and sensation.

Posted on July 3, 2010 in Reviews by

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