Film Reviews and Analysis

Thursday, 11 October 2012

David Gladwell's An Untitled Film (1964)

David Gladwell is perhaps most famous for being the editor of Lindsay Anderson's disaffected classics  If... and O Lucky Man!. A talented director in his own right, he went on to make the utterly bizarre and disturbing Requiem for a Village, an anthropological study of the inhabitants of Suffolk farming village as machinery begins to take over from traditional methods of labour. An Untitled Film, like Requiem, is a film of contradicting and unexpected images centered around farming. It's  filmed in  luscious slow motion, so that the actions of the humans and animals become both utterly chaotic and magnificent. It's quite strange, but let the images suck you in.


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