- Steve Dwoskin |
- 1970 |
- 12.5 minutes |
- COLOR |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
With Tina Fraser.
One single continuous shot of a girl's face before, during and after an orgasm. A concentration on the subtle changes within the face - going from an objective look into a subjective one and then back out .... MOMENT is not a woman alone, but with her "in person." Have you ever really watched the face in orgasm?
"MOMENT presents a continuous, fixed gaze by the camera at a girl's face. The fixity, although paralleling the spectator's position, nevertheless marks itself off as 'different' from our view because it refuses the complex system of cuts, movements, 'invisible' transitions etc. which classic cinema developed to capture our 'subjectivity' and absorb it into the filmic text.
"In this way, the distinction between the camera and the viewer is emphasized. Moreover, the sadistic components inherent in the pleasurable exercise of the 'controlling' gaze are returned to the viewer, as it is he/she who must construct the 'scenario' by combining a reading of the image with an imagined (but suggested) series of happenings off-screen." - from Paul Willemen, program note for "Perspectives on British Avant-Garde Film," Hayward Gallery, London