Sunday, March 13, 2005

Liquid Crystals

FR 1976. D: Jean Painlevé. M: Francoise de Roubaix. 6'. 16mm. Scientific film. Viewed at Tullikamari, Tampere Film Festival, 12 March 2005. Programme text: "The changes of temperature, pressure and humidity in the molecular structures of the liquid crystal. During his career, Jean Painlevé (1902-89) finished nearly 200 films combining pedantic research and surrealistic visions. The music composed by Francoise de Roubaix, who died at an early age, lends the film an especially subtle and poignant touch." Shot through the microscope, a different kind of LCD, liquid crystal vision, totally scientific and totally psychedelic.

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