Barbara Meter

From the Exterior (1970) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

In From the Exterior, Barbara Meter invokes one of the most abiding and contentious issues in film: that of the camera as a voyeur. She points her hand-held camera at the occupants of houses in night-time Amsterdam, where windows are large and curtains left open. Meter teasingly arouses our voyeuristic impulses while simultaneously frustrating them. To overcome this frustration we must confront those impulses in arriving at a full appreciation of the formal complexities that the film has to offer. The rooms flattened-out, partly because Meter uses a telephoto lens and because the spaces are not entered and opened-up by the camera, but always seen frontally, from a distance. This flattening-out emphasizes the quality of screens within screens and screens upon screens. Thus, the viewer finds him/herself perceiving the objects in the room in terms of receding planes, like the cardboard scenery in a Victorian toy theatre.

Barbara Meter

... And a Table (1971) 16mm, color, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The second experimental film I made. Two people having breakfast -- an action repeated; the action is set up, people are themselves and act, the camera is spontaneous. With the sound I tried to create different kinds of moods. A film which is set apart a bit from the others and yet which incorporates elements I still deal with.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Barbara Meter

Departure On Arrival (1996) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

In this film I attempt to communicate the feeling of evaporation, of disappearing and slipping away of the fragile material which is called time. Barbara Meter's Departure on Arrival draws the viewer into a world which is both historically specific and powerfully emotive. The film gives a strong sense of a European life, possibly though not necessarily Jewish, lived in the middle and latter parts of the 20th century, with references further back: to Imperial Germany and to the succeeding inter-war period. The film beguiles the viewer with black and white images and fragments of sound from a wide variety of sources: footage from train stations and domestic interiors, old phtographs, whirling masses of grain, the imprint of what looks like fur on the surface of the film, and glimpses of text; an indistinguishable moment of conversation, the sound of footsteps, snatches from popular music of Eastern Europe and from works in the Western classical tradition.

Barbara Meter

Appearances (1999) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Based on photographs found in my parents photo albums, all taken before I was born. The photographs are mixed with: life shots of German landscapes -- Germany being the country my parents had to fly from.

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