Black Tower, The
- John Smith |
- 1987 |
- 24 minutes |
- COLOR |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
"In 'The Black Tower' we enter the world of a man haunted by a tower which, he believes, is following him around London. While the character of the central protagonist is indicated only by a narrative voice-over which takes us from unease to breakdown to mysterious death, the images, meticulously controlled and articulated, deliver a series of colour coded puzzles, jokes and puns which pull the viewer into a mind-teasing engagement. Smith's assurance and skill as a filmmaker undercuts the notion of the avant-garde as dry, unprofessional and dull and in "The Black Tower" we have an example of a film which plays with the emotions as well as the language of film." -Nik Houghton, Independent Media.
"The Black Tower' expands the core of Smith's interests: chiefly, the image as a filmic fact which is constantly questioned and often undermined by language and soundtrack. Like his earlier films, 'The Black Tower' is concerned with description, but this time framed by a story whose undertow of melancholy balances its wit and wry humour, and which is a remarkable fiction in its own right." -A.L. Rees.
"The hilarious and slightly menacing 'The Black Tower' is one of the most accomplished films to come from the British avant-garde for years." -Michael O'Pray, Independent Media.