Bill Brand

Split Decision (1979) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

This film is a dramatic narrative that illustrates, in soap opera fashion, life in Lower Manhattan and at the same time dramatizes some questions about the nature of filmic representation. Split decision is a boxing term used when the judges declare one fighter to be the winner by non-unanimous vote. In this case the fight is between the two heroes of the film who are seen intermittently in a bar, negotiating a pick-up, and at home, breaking up a domestic quarrel. The fight is also in the telling, between modes of conventional representation and modes of radical representation. That is in the seeing-between recognizing a straight image which uses conventional continuity editing, and an image abstracted by computer grids and interrupted, intermingled temporal flow.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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