Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame is the best example of a filmic signifier stripped of transparency and invisibility. Footage is repeatedly re-filmed – workers at a construction site, an incinerating plant, industrial graveyards, an antenna-like object resembling an illegible and continually collapsing cipher. Elaborate multiple exposures render an unambiguous reading of the images impossible, let alone their integration into a fictional space. This calculated removal of the image drives Tscherkassky to a point of no return – the film-strip stops or ‘freezes’ at the projector gate (hence the title), and burns up. (Michael Palm)

Orig. Title
Freeze Frame
Year
1983
Country
Austria
Duration
10 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Freeze Frame (Image)
Credits
Director
Peter Tscherkassky
Concept
Peter Tscherkassky
Cinematography
Peter Tscherkassky
Production
Peter Tscherkassky
Available Formats
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
1997
Graz - film+arc.
2001
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
2005
Windsor - Media City