Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 204: Mon Jul 25

Bodysong (Pummell, 2003): Genesis Cinema, 6.50pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the Jonny Greenwood season at Genesis Cinema. Details here.

Time Out review:
Moving from the micro (spermatozoa advancing on an egg) to the macro (Earth suspended in space), this first feature-length work from acclaimed animator/experimentalist Simon Pummell offers an exhilaratingly fresh look at the human experience. Boasting a fine score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, it's essentially a montage of archive footage sourced from a century of cinema and television. It's structured primarily according to the chronological progress of the human body, but also includes a few well-chosen detours into sex, illness, conflict, religion, art and politics. In sum, it embraces both individual and species, physics and metaphysics, body and soul. The images are enthralling, of course, but what lifts the movie above the picturesque if intellectually stunted posturing of such superficially similar projects as Koyaanisqatsi are the imaginative, witty and revealing links used to thread them all together. Fascinating.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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