Calling the Shots

by Wilcox, Mark

Video 1984

Duration
13
Screens
1
Funder
Arts Council of England/Great Britain
Exhibition
Recalling the Shots

An anti sexist fable in which sexual politics, Hollywood movies such as Imitation of Life, and video art meet on a pink film set.

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Calling the Shots remakes a technicolor sequence from a 1950s Hollywood movie – not once but three times. It progressively exposes the artifice and mechanics of production; behind the painted set plus poised actors, lie cameras, lights and technicians. Reconstruction becomes deconstruction. Simultaneously questions of the representation of women are raised and the power politics of gender are explored. - Mark Wilcox, Subverting Television, Film and Video Umbrella, 1984.

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