1. Written and directed by Gillian McIver.

    “Postindustrial Baroque” was initially going to be a film about urban exploration. But soon it became clear that these strange forays into the unknown places on our city streets were a poetic journey, not a documentary.

    Inspired by Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space, the film explores the lived experience of architectures and urban landscapes. We find what Henri Lefebvre has called the “special, still sacred, quasi-religious and in fact almost absolute” territory within the marginal wastes of the city.

    Strange encounters, performative acts, explorations and sojourns in unusual places.

    Camera: Valentina Floris, Ben Foot, Julian Ronnefeldt, Ben Foot and Gillian McIver. Writer: Gillian McIver. Editor: Valentina Floris. Soundtrack: Takatsuna Mukai.

    A LUNA NERA PRODUCTION

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  2. “Bridges of St Petersburg,” deals with the body of water that surrounds and creates the city: the rivers Moyka, Fontanka and Neva, and the web of canals. The city was built on marsh, and is supported by a forest of timber, cut and piled in the unstable ground. The everpresent consciousness of water is counterpointed by the mechanistic rhythms of the thirteen great bridges on the Neva, which open and close nightly to allow access to the sea. “Bridges of St Petersburg” is a montage loop that mixes classic Russian film footage with present material, fusing past and present representation of one of the principal motifs of St Petersburg.

    score by Christian Glass

    part of the DVD collection "PLACES"

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  3. "Long lines of metal cages with lonely occupants, roll down the corridors of our city jungles" Raoul Vaneigem

    Running time: 1 min.

    Filmed in Moscow, London, Paris, Berlin and Vancouver.

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  4. This film look at the identity of the city as a public landscape. 5 min.


    "WE ARE BORED IN THE CITY"

    The First Experimental City {Belfast} takes as its text the essay "Formulary for a New urbanism" by Ivan Chtcheglov (1953) and its visual narrative is reminiscent of the opening sequence of Les Quatre cents coups (1959) : mapping the topography of a city as a setting for real life dramas and imagined developments.

    (commissioned for the exhibition "Street Archaeology" Belfast 2005)

    Part of the DVD collection "PLACES"

    from "Places" DVD 2005

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  5. A triple screen exploration of the Moscow of Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita,shot in several key locations featured in the novel.

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THE CITY FILM - a channel by Gillian Mciver

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Since its inception, cinema has engaged with the phenomenon of the modern city and the varied experience of urban life. Even the earliest films manage to show the freedom and energy of the city, such as Dziga Vertov’s ‘Man with a Movie Camera’. Cinema…


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Since its inception, cinema has engaged with the phenomenon of the modern city and the varied experience of urban life. Even the earliest films manage to show the freedom and energy of the city, such as Dziga Vertov’s ‘Man with a Movie Camera’. Cinema has also captured the city’s liminal zones, urban decay and human anxiety. Through film, we can follow each period’s key debates around architecture, urban planning and globalization.
This channel was create din the spirit of László Moholy-Nagy’s great unrealised film Dynamic of the Metropolis | (Sketch for a film) – 1921/1922
socks-studio.com/2011/12/17/laszlo-moholy-nagy-dynamic-of-the-metropolis-sketch-for-a-film-19211922/
Moholy-Nagy’s ‘Gross-Stadt Zigeuner’ 1932 and ‘Impressionen vom alten Marseiller Hafen (Vieux Port)’ 1929 are also key moments in the “city film:” slices of life seen through the camera’s eye.
[NB: Moholy-Nagy’s films are FINALLY AVAILABLE - shop.moholy-nagy.org/]
Other significant city films of the silent era include “À propos de Nice” by Jean Vigo and "Études sur Paris" by André Sauvage and the stunning “Berlin Symphony of a Great City” by Walther Ruttmann.
Later narrative films also embody the “city film” ethos - Jim Jarmusch’s early “Permanent Vacation” is one example. Need I mention the brilliant Julian Temple’s “Detroit Requiem” and “London the Modern Babylon”, or St Etienne’s “Finisterre.”
The purpose of this channel is to collect and showcase “city films” as part of my ongoing research and development of this peculiar and particular film sub-genre.

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