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Through the Garden

Netherlands, 1971 (MIFF 1973)

Director: Frans Zwartjes

A symbolic short by the leading Dutch experimental film maker, Franz Zwartjes. The action takes place in a garden where a woman tries to find a place for a doll. There is no normal development of the story; realistic scenes are interrupted by abstract sequences. Sound and time-flow are manipulated.

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