The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T
C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T

C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T 1974

Close

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T 1974

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

Labour is ostensibly the subject of this film that observes a glass window being installed. C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T comprises five layers of optical superimposition - a multiple, kaleidoscopic perspective that collapses time: the past, present and future of every shot are simultaneously visible within the same image. Gidal presents film itself as a result of labour; a construct.

Founded in 1966, the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative started life at Better Books, a counter-culture bookshop on Charing Cross Road, where a group led by poet Bob Cobbing and filmmakers Stephen Dwoskin and Jeff Keen met to screen films. Initially inspired by the activities of the New American Cinema Group in New York, the London Co-op grew into a pioneering organisation that incorporated a film workshop, cinema space and distribution office. During its four-decade history, the Co-op played a crucial role in establishing film as an art form in the UK and participated in a vibrant international film scene. This BFI Player collection brings together new scans of films distributed by and/or produced at the London Co-op.

Directed by

Peter Gidal

Genres

Experimenta Animation & Artists Moving Image

Collection

London Film-Makers' Co-op

Released

1974

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Read lessRead more

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later