excerpt from
The Houses That Are Left (trailer)
1989, 6:42

In this compelling "trailer," Silver constructs an evocative and elusive montage of disjunctive narrative threads -- glimpsed images, dramatic snippets of sound and provocative fragments of text -- in a pastiche of stylized black-and-white film and color video verite. Documentary? Fiction? Silver builds a mesmerizing, staccato rhythm of light and dark, sound and silence, text and image: brief bursts of cinematic orchestration and sound effects; gestures and dialogue of "characters" from a fictional melodrama, abbreviated answers to "people-in-the-street" interview questions. Questions of race, age and marital status converge with self-descriptions in an enigmatic inquiry into contemporary identity, constructed from the roles and narrative conventions of cinema and television. Electronic Intermix Catalogue

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