Photo: Still from So Is This, Dir. Michael Snow

Michael Snow

So Is This

So Is This, Dir. Michael Snow, 1982, Canada, 45mins

 
WHO
One of the greatest living filmmakers. An explorer of film’s structural, allegorical and often humorous potentials.
 
VERY SIMPLE PROPOSAL
Investigate film as language, via the language of film reduced to the basic units of film and language. A film as text in which each frame is a single word.
 
WHY
“A lot of this is pretty funny but So Is This is more than a series of gags. Snow manages to defamiliarise both film and language, throwing a monkey wrench into a (core) theoretical debate (is film a language?) that has been going on sporadically for 60 years.”—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
 
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  • So Is This, Dir. Michael Snow