Gregory Markopoulos05 Oct 2011
The event is over
It's the summer of 1967, Gregory Markopoulos is close to Rome, in Rocca Sinibalda, the scenery he has chosen for his adaptation of Château d'Argol (Argol Castle), the first novel by Julien Gracq. With him, he has only two rolls of 16mm colour negative (around 7 minutes' worth), and shoots short shots: ramparts, gardens, frescoes, corridors, a few roomsFrom that he creates a film an hour long experimenting with different combinations of very short shots and fadings, with black or white leader tape. As P. Adams Sitney writes: "the inanimate images , the absence of characters , and the complete absence of any event in the film create a semblance of fiction without actually constructing a particular plot."