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Back and Forth

  • Runtime: 52 min.


Like his most famous film Wavelength, Michael Snow's Back and Forth uses a specific formal/mechanical property of the cinematic apparatus (in this case, horizontal and vertical panning) to sever the link between the camera and what it depicts. In narrative cinema, the camera's movements are dictated by the action it is filming. In Back and Forth the reverse is true. For the first 35 minutes, the camera repeatedly pans across a classroom where incidents that echo its movement occasionally occur: a janitor...more