Continuing a focus on structuralist films, these two works rely on viewer participation and manipulate sensation through deception. Although divergent stylistically, both function by playfully experimenting with structure to trick the viewer and create unfulfilled expectations.
Directed by Paul Sharits
Sharits experiments with perception as he splices different still images in quick succession, challenging the viewer to isolate single images or succumb to the perception of motion. Throughout the film, he also inserts the film's title, one letter at a time, until the final "G." 1968, U.S., 12 minutes.
Directed by Robert Nelson
In Bleu Shut, Nelson plays with viewer expectations by making a statement--"This film will be exactly 30 minutes long"--and backing it up with inserts of a countdown clock. The filmmaker, however, lied: The final minute lasts longer than promised. 1970, U.S., 33 minutes.
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