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Pixillation

United States, 1976
Avant-Garde, Short

Synopsis

An astonishing and disarming work of self-portraiture by the late, acclaimed film-diarist Anne Charlotte Robertson.

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Pixillation Directed by Anne Charlotte Robertson

Critics reviews

I’ve been moved by every Robertson piece I’ve ever seen, and this prismatic, wind-tossed self-portrait was no exception. It’s a model in conveying maximum emotion with a paucity of means, in a program that continues to distinguish itself with diminished resources.
September 21, 2017
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A bracing but unabashedly pensive self-portrait shot in black and white Super 8, it rapidly animates and oscillates opposing profiles of the young director against a cloudy, wind-riven sky. Stuttering rapidly, left, right, left, right—with other variations, including a brick pillar separating the two sides of the image and her doubled presence—we confront the antic vividness of a single person split and shuttling one from side of the screen to the other.
September 12, 2017
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Using Méliès-like trick editing to volley herself to and fro in space, Robertson places her confident image against a gray sky that seems on the verge of pouring rain… While Pixillation certainly has added poignancy for those familiar with Robertson’s later work, it is an empowering film on its own, particularly by the end when the filmmaker accidentally lets slip with a wry smile. Here is a woman in control of her own image.
September 07, 2017
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