What to make of a fetish for bare feet? What to project onto the gesture of gait, the coming & going, as day gives into night? The forbidden & the tryst are the most facile conjectures. That the feet belong to a woman--two women,even?--is all likelihood, too, suggested by hemline & manner. The angle of male scopophilia is hinted at: how many shots are recursive, slo-mo & close-up that induce libidinal cathexis.
As a twice fictional character which notwithstanding became one of last century’s symbolic figures, Gradiva is a favorite candidate for illustrating H. Vaihinger’s ‘als ob’ – that man accepts falsehoods and fictional explanations of phenomena ‘as if’ these rationally reflected the world. Carasco’s filming method is testimony to that: nothing in it perspires of Gradiva-themed exegesis, she’s just the one who walks, as