Sound and Story
If we start with an example from “Watch Me Move”: Zbigniew Rybczynski's Film TANGO (1980)- [artist Richard Wilson used it as an example of a film that has influenced his work..]
where can we go from there?
What is the film made of?
A Dance Track and A Series of Repeated Gestures..
What he shows us is how much can happen – how many stories we can make – from a very few ingredients..
Rybczcynski uses a DANCE TRACK...which takes us into a certain mood, uses our expectations, our knowledge...
He uses it to STRUCTURE his film: each character has one movement-sequence..
The music REPEATS – and the characters repeat their actions, over and over..
The whole film is choreographed like a dance sequence of very simple, repeated actions..
Thinking about this...Another example of sound and repeated gestures, to build a very different mood: 'THE BIG SHAVE', Martin Scorcese, 1967 -
This is Scorcese's first short feature – made while he was still at film school, very low-budget – and using very economical means..
The track he uses: “I can't get started with you” - 1939, performed by Bunny Berigan and Orchestra – big band dance number..
A thought to take away from this session: Why use repetition?...of music, of movement..
It makes for humour...it makes for tragedy – or violence
And it's used in choreography.. which takes us back to Zbigniew's TANGO – look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch
Other Recommended Viewing: Martin Scorcese: Mean Streets,1974, US
Kill Bill 2; Tarantino, 2004 (also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiU2pKQ683s – from reservoir Dogs)
Itchy and Scratchy (The Simpsons)..any episode..