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Summer Diary

John Smith
1976-7
30mins Colour 16mm

Summer Diary

A view from a window becomes the locus for a series of visual and verbal descriptions of the past and present.

"The film's concern lies in memory and the awkward distance between reminiscence and fact, personal accounts and objective phenomena ... The function of memory presented through reminiscence and re-enactment presents the subjective at odds with objectifying mechanical devices (such as camera, thermometer, calendar) but engaged in the construction of a personal and historical position." Michael Maziere, "John Smith's Films: Reading the Visible", "Undercut" magazine issue 10/11, Winter 1983/4.

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