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Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy

Austria, 1998 (MIFF 1999, Captured - Recycled: Old, Used and Abused)

Director: Martin Arnold

Martin Arnold's third installment in what constitutes something of a trilogy continues where piece touchee (1989) and passage a I'act (1993) never quite left off. Throwing down the gauntlet to Hollywood's space/time system, Arnold's methodology rigorously tears asunder the film language of classic American cinema. passage a fact revealed and revelled in the family as prison, reworking a few grabs from To Kill a Mockingbird. Similar treatment was applied in piece touchee to the patriarchal ordering of heterosexual romance. Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy monstrously inflates a few sec­onds of old Andy Hardy footage into a wickedly subver­sive deconstruction of an oedipal triangle. Fay Holden's Mother Hardy raises a permissive and suggestive eye­brow (several times over) and the mayhem begins.

Arnold surgically sections single frames and repro­duces them in multiplied and repeated sequence, reorder­ing material from three films to configure a manic Holden-Rooney-Garland grouping. Sound and image conspire to expose the repressed sexual mechinalions of a few (in the original context) ordinary moments. One outrageously matched transition where Garland blows and Holden sucks explodes the iconic purity of both actresses. Garland's orgasmic "uh er", complete wilh titillating lip movement, is cut against Rooney fondling his cane!

See also...

Passage A L'acte

Austria, 1993
A film where repetition and stop-frame tech­niques take on new meaning. Inspired by rap "scratching" turntable music, Arnold takes an extract from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird to create a … More »

Piece Touchee

Austria, 1990
Through repetition and reversal, a short sequence featuring two people in a domestic setting is continually deconstructed and reinvented. The result is a curious system of spatial dynamics where the … More »

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