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...Black Screen Violet voice over, East London accent, magically cooing Shall I tell you my dream? Cut to … Swan in Flight. Day A grainy, black and white image of a beautiful swan in flight. Slow motion. The sound of the wings amplified...

Philip Ridley

Projections 4½ : In association with Positif: Film-makers on Film-making

Faber & Faber Limited, 1995

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...Close Encounters of the Third Kind.I was looking in a mirror, combing my hair and thinking of aliens, when the bedroom door opened and Mum walked in.'Turn that music down,' she said, then added in the same breath, 'You're not wearing...

The Celluloid Canon

Philip Gillett

Philip Gillett is an independent film critic and writer and author of The British Working Class in Postwar Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Movie Greats : A Critical Study of Classic Cinema

Berg, 2008

Book chapter


... while Secrets (Philip Saville, GB, 1971) was an early instance of shooting a feature film in 16mm. What distinguishes digital technology from these earlier efforts is the enthusiasm with which it has been embraced by film-makers....