Michael Snow

So Is This (1982) 16mm, color, 48 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Political / Social Activism

"SO IS THIS parlays an elegantly simple concept into an unpredictable, cumulatively rich experience. "The film is a text in which each shot is a single word, tightly-framed white letters against a black background. Compared to Snow's recent epics ... it seems almost a throwaway but it's also the most satisfying film he's made in a decade .... "With formalist belligerence, SO IS THIS threatens to make its viewers 'laugh cry and change society,' even promising to get 'confessional.' Although the film does reflect Snow's personality - his Canadian-ness, preference for humor over irony, obsession with art world chronology (who did what first) - its only confession is the tacit acknowledgement that he's sensitive to criticism. Snow takes full advantage of his film's system of discourse to twit restless audiences . A lot of this is pretty funny but SO IS THIS is more than a series of gags. Snow manages to defamiliarize both film and language, creating a kind of moving concrete poetry while throwing a monkey wrench into a theoretical debate (is film a language?) that has been going on sporadically for 60 years. "If you let it, Snow's film stretches your definition of what film is - that's cinema and SO IS THIS." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

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