BODYSONG | Film | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Simon Pummell's film essay compiles diverse footage -- from home movies, newsreels, commercial cinema and stock footage spanning the 20th century and representing many regions of the world. Edited together and accompanied with only a musical score -- a selection of original pieces composed by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood -- Bodysong draws its narrative structure from life itself, beginning with birth and coursing through youth, play, sex, work, war, illness and death. Pummell's film posits that we are all the family of man, playing out the same cycle, and yet the point seems too obvious. The images in the film were originally presented as part of an interactive gallery display, where curious viewers could uncover the origins of the clips. Removed from such investigation and simply unspooled in slow motion on the big screen, the film is rather pedestrian in its intent and execution, despite intriguing pieces of footage that float by sparking unanswered queries. Starts Fri., Dec. 3. Oaks. The 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 6, screening will be followed by an audience discussion led by Greg Pierce, of Orgone Cinema and Archives. 


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