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From the Pole to the Equator

Synopsis
Uses footage shot in 1910 by Italian cinematographer Luca Comerio (1894-1949) and reworks it into a montage of hand-tinted black-and-white images of exotic people and places, set to a minimalist musical score by Keith Ullrich and Charles Anderson. The result uses differing film speeds and is is a dream-like journey through scenes of Arctic whalers, missionary schools, Tibetan monks, Cossack horsemen and big-game hunters in Africa, and to modern eyes a damning account of colonial domination.
Language
English
Country
Italy
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w (tinted). silent (with music soundtrack). 80 min.
Year of production
1986
Availability
Sale; 1997 sale: £15.99 (inclusive)
Subjects
Media studies
Keywords
documentary films; experimental film & video; silent films

Credits

Director
Angela Ricci Lucchi; Yervant Gianikian
Producer
Yervant Gianikian

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
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