Une Fois Habitees (Once Inhabited)
- Sandra Davis |
- 1992 |
- 6 minutes |
- COLOR |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
Some particular spaces, inhabited awhile ago. Looking back into the Pari 6minsian courtyard, looking at the ladies at the villa, looking into the secrets of the chapel of the delinquents. Light sculpts space; shadow describes form.
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Une Fois Habitee along with Au Sud and A La Campagne, A Khan-Tan-Su (Into the Country, to Khan-Tan-Su) form The French Film Trilogy
The French Film Trilogy
These works were conceived of as postcards to myself and songs to the passion of place. I noticed that the program in France called them "odes" which is a lovely word that seems old-fashioned and quite precise, evoking a sense of both memory and presence. The films emerged quite unlike my other work, as little stories without narratives and recollections of a French appreciation for American jazz. Cinematography concentrates on the spectacular natural light of the places: the films were shot with no special filters, particular technical "effects" or optical printing. I made a game for myself to edit them so that each could be shown separately, standing alone, and also be shown 1 - 2 - 3, as a trilogy form. I am indebted to poet Joanna McClure for her exacting and evocative reading of the vocal texts. (Sandra Davis)
The films were designed to be shown as a trilogy, or to stand alone. The films can be rented together, or separately.