Wavelength is anything but simple, however, as Snow’s statement of intention suggests. He describes the film as “a summation of my nervous system, religious inklings and aesthetic ideas.” The spine of the film is its famous zoom from a fixed camera position facing a wall with four tall sash windows. Over the course of the film, the angle of view narrows until the frame is filled with a black and white photograph of waves pinned up between the middle two windows. Other features of the room, in which four events involving people take place, are sloughed off. The spectator is led to concentrate on this central element, the photograph—it has been there all along—until the image is washed out and the film comes to an end.
Director: Michael Snow.
Writer: Michael Snow.
Stars: Hollis Frampton, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd, Amy Taubin, Joyce Wieland, Amy Yadrin.
Cinematographer: Michael Snow.
Composer: Tom Wolff.
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RIP Michael Snow (1928-2023).
This is unmissable. Expanded my idea of cinema.
Admit it, You skipped through it.