Vincent Grenier
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WORLD IN FOCUS
16mm, 1976, 16 minutes, color, silent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In WORLD IN FOCUS, the screen becomes the two dimensional support of an amazingly versatile three-dimensional object (the Atlas) which contains in turn two-dimensional pictures of other three-dimensional objects. The physicality of the book offers an area no less real that its language. (i.e. text, pictures etc) which is itself presenting a dislocated image "of the world." To look at the objectness of the book is in fact to look at the real thing, something which is contained in what it portends to describe. The film inventories and builds both on number of camera/book affinities and the ramifications of the resulting deconstruction of the book's "language." -VG


"An homage to the primitive cinema of the flip-book, and the ultimate armchair travelogue, WORLD IN FOCUS was a deserved prize winner at this year's (1978) Ann Arbor Film Festival and is a beautiful idea, beautifully realized." -Jim Hoberman.The Village Voice

Also read:
Anthony Bannon "World in Focus"
Locke, John. "Vincent Grenier and J.J. Murphy" Parachute

Made with a grant from the Canada Council.

In “World in Focus,” the screen becomes the two-dimensional support of an amazingly versatile three-dimensional object (an atlas) which contains in turn two-dimensional pictures of other three-dimensional objects. The uniform use of a close-up lens creates often ambiguous or nearly unidentifiable images (from the atlas), emphasizing the rhythms, volumes, angles and movements obtained from the handling of the book. (CFMDC)

 

Distributed by CFMDC, Light Cone & FMC.
Available as 16mm film, HDQT, DCP
High quality digital scan to HD performed by Anthology Film Archives, NY, 2015

 

 
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