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A domestic scene with a man and woman, as seen through a window

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1975 7 mins


Windowframe presents a domestic scene with a man and woman, as seen through a window. The cross-bars of the window divide it into four sections, which once the initial scene has been established effectively function as four screens, proposing different juxtapositions of the four segments of the original image, almost as in a sliding puzzle. Tensions are created between what we expect to see, and what we do see. The soundtrack is the “Missa Pange Lingua'” by Josquin des Prez. The religious music resonates the stained glass quality of the images, and its four-part structure and interruptions provide the auditory equivalence for the overall structure of the film.

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.