Along the Road to Altamira

Release date:

1986

Running time:

20 minutes

Formats:

Available on VHS

Closed Captioned:

No

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"The lateral movement of the title, Along the Road to Altamira, signals that we are about to embark on a journey through Spain. Our final destination is Altamira, where the first forms of representation by Paleolithic humans still remain. These images, a narrator tells us in German, would have remained undiscovered if not for the childish curiosity and unconditioned vision of the young girl who noticed the ancient paintings of bison on the cave ceiling. In keeping with this idea, the film takes us on a journey toward a final destination of symbolic import. However, what one sees along the way to Altamira is the actual focus of this film ... The whole notion of representation is also underlined as we are carried along on this journey of elliptical panning, cutting, flickering images of people, expressions, colours,textures, flags, and sails. All this is cut to a rhythmic sound track of music,exotic sounds of laughter, Spanish voices, and a radio background. Rimmer's consummate talents make this film a unique cinematic experience."
     - Maria Insell

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