The Complete Film Works

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The Complete Film Works

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Paulo Gioli

1972-2002203 total minutes  Italy

Editions: DVD

Gioli's name is often associated with those Italian filmmakers who frequented the Cooperativa Cinema Indipendente centered around the Filmstudio in Rome. But this is really an over-simplification derived more than anything else from a need to classify this artist who is unique in the Italian world of film and whose research is particularly original.

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Gioli's name is often associated with those Italian filmmakers who frequented the Cooperativa Cinema Indipendente centered around the Filmstudio in Rome. But this is really an over-simplification derived more than anything else from a need to classify this artist who is unique in the Italian world of film and whose research is particularly original. Gioli took nothing for granted in his investigation of the filmic apparatus; instead he explored its limitations. He wondered about screens (prior to the history of film, there must be a history of the screen as an object!), about projection, about the dark (someone must investigate the history of darkness in the history of film after the history of the rectangle in film!). He enhanced the aesthetic nature of negative images as opposed to the intrusiveness of positive images and he broke the rigid rule of the frame line. He invented a multilayer screen with color silhouettes to add color to his black and white films and used motion picture cameras without lenses on still figures to force them into motion even where there was none. His research was not formalist in a limiting sense; rather, he invented little stories which he filled with tragi-comic contents thanks to his highly skillful manipulations. Includes the films: - Commutazioni Con Mutazione - Del Tufarsi E Dell'annegarsi - Film Stenopeico - Filmarilyn - Filmfinish - Hilarisdoppio - Immag Dist Da Un Intenso Parassita - Immag Trav D Ruota Di Duchamp - Operatore Perforato (L') - Piccolo Film Decomposto - Quando L'occhio Trema - Secondo Il Mio Occhio Di Vetro - Traumatografo - Volto Telato.

Reviews

Even when using a conventional 16mm Bolex camera, Gioli often employs external shutters both natural and unnatural, in the form of jerry rigged sewing machine attachments or the intermittent trembling of springtime tree leaves set against the lens -“The resulting image is what the wind gives us.” This is only one area of Gioli’s film work however, many of his most intense films do not use pin- hole methods but do give a remarkable display of split- screen, overlapping negative and positive imagery, uncanny superimpositions and mirror images.
— The Film Comment

Cast and Credits

Director
Paulo Gioli

Writer
Paulo Gioli

Producer
RaroVideo

Cinematography
Paulo Gioli

Editing
Paulo Gioli

Special Features

PAOLO GIOLI THE COMPLETE FILMWORKS edited by Patrick A. Rumble

3 disc DVD Collector Item Box set + fully illustrated 64 pages booklet by Patrick A. Rumble (ARTFORUM)
This set contains 37 short films for a total running time of 478.34 minutes( approx. 8h37’)
 

Production: Italy – 1972-2002
Running time: 203 total minutes
Language: Italian
Audio: Dolby
 

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