16th Annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival: Canada On Screen

Wavelength

Michael SnowCanada45 minutes1967GColourEnglish

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A continuous zoom through Michael Snow's New York City loft, interspersed with four episodes that hint at conventional commercial movie plots, Wavelength was heralded almost immediately as a modernist masterpiece. US critic Manny Farber called it "a pure, tough, 45 minutes," likely to have as significant an impact on the underground cinema as D.W. Griffith’s work had on narrative films. Nearly 50 years later, few would think of disagreeing with his assessment.

Wavelength est une plongée dans le loft new yorkais de Michael Snow, entrecoupée de quatre épisodes reprenant les codes conventionnels de l’industrie du cinéma et du film commercial. Il a immédiatement été proclamé chef-d’oeuvre moderniste. Le critique américain, Manny Farber, a précisé que c’était « 45 minutes de pureté et de dureté ». Wavelength a eu autant d’impact sur le cinéma underground que les films de D.W. Griffith ont pu en avoir sur la narration cinématographique. Près de 50 ans plus tard, très peu de personnes pourraient dire le contraire et remettre en question cette vérité.

Intro and Q&A with director Michael Snow

Canada on Screen
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Michael Snow

Michael Snow is Toronto-based artist who works in many media: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, holography, sound installation, film and video. His films have been widely presented at festivals in North America, Asia and Europe, and his work is in many major private and public collections worldwide. Solo exhibitions of Snow’s visual art have been presented at museums and galleries in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Boston, Brussels, Istanbul, Kassel, Lima, Los Angeles, Lucerne, Lyons, Minneapolis, Montreux, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Vienna and elsewhere. He has executed several public sculpture commissions in Toronto, notably Flight Stop at Eaton Centre, The Audience at Rogers Centre, and The Windows Suite at the Pantages Hotel and Condominium complex. Snow's numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), Order of Canada (Officer, 1982; Companion, 2007), and the first Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000) for cinema. Snow was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France, in 1995, and received an honorary doctorate in 2004 from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, àngels barcelona, Martine Aboucaya in Paris, and Galerie Klosterfelde in Berlin.