Deutsche Version

City of Chromatic Dissolution

Director: Arthur Cantrill    → show biography   
Director: Corinne Cantrill    → show biography   
Country: Australia
Year: 1999
Synopsis: An experimental film using Melbourne's cityscapes, street soundtrack and the separation of colour.

The Melbourne cityscapes were shot in 1986 – before the skyscrapers such as Melbourne Central were built and before the Shot Tower was imprisoned in a glass cone. The outdated Ilford Pan F black and white negative shows evidence of chemical dissolution which appears as cyan, magenta and yellow spots on the colour prints. The other 'dissolution' - the 3-colour separation and re-constitution of the colour of the image - is evident in the pedestrian and motor traffic activity, and also in the mirror-facaded 'invisible' office buildings of St Kilda Road – an architectural fad of the 1980s (preceding post-modernist styles) where the moving clouds and traffic are, Magritte-like, reflected in primary colours onto the building as if matted there. The film is accompanied by layers of city sounds, including a busking flute player, mixing to electronically altered bowed glass effects – the latter resonating with the glass architectural facades. ('Out of Gamut'. Cantrill Film Notes. Issue #93-100, January 2000, pp. 91-96.)
Language: without dialogue

Technical Attributes

Format: Data
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version
Resolution: 768x576
Size: 605,7 MB
Container: MPEG-4
Codec: H.264, PCM
Running time (minutes): 17
Color: color
Sound: Stereo
Aspect ratio: 1:1,33
Frames per second: 25