Altair

Altair

USA, 1995, 8 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Animated, Avant Garde/Experimental
Program: Shorts in a Feature-Length World
Language: English

Altair offers a cutout-animation version of color film noir,” says Klahr. “The images were culled from six late-’40s issues of Cosmopolitan magazine and set to an almost four-minute segment of Stravinsky’s Firebird (looped twice) to create a sinister, perfumed world. The narrative is highly smudged, leaving legible only the larger signposts of the female protagonist’s story. The viewer is encouraged to speculate on the nature and details of the woman’s battle with large, malevolent societal forces and her descent into an alcoholic swoon. However, it is important to note that all of the above was only discovered on the editing table. What motivated me during the shooting of this film, which was largely improvisatory, was a fascination with the color blue and some intangible association it has for me with both California and the 1940s.”

DIRECTOR: Lewis Klahr
Editor:
Screenwriter: --Lewis Klahr

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