Casting a Glance 2007
Subject here (though not identified onscreen) is the Spiral Jetty of rocks built by artist Robert Smithson in 1970 on the shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake. Benning filmed the walkable sculpture frequently in its early days; titles noting footage dates then leap forward quickly as water levels submerged the artwork for decades at a time, receding fairly recently. With his always arresting eye for the natural world, Benning captures jetty, sky, lake and seasons in constant change, unusually (for him) deploying detail close-ups as well as long shots. Lapping waves and birdsong dominate the soundtrack, though there are occasional intrusions of man - planes overhead, hunters' gunshots, even somebody's boombox playing "Love Hurts". Thirty-seven years of 16mm stock blend together seamlessly.

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:16:43 | 3.95 Gb + 3% rec
Language: none
Subtitles: none
Genre: Documentary

Director: James Benning
Country: USA

-- James Benning: Casting a Glance at casting a glance, 2012, 17 min

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