Seeing in the Rain

Seeing in the Rain

Release date:

1981

Running time:

10 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

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Though Gallagher's films are often real-time documents of an event, here he expands the representation of time. Shot through the windshield of a Vancouver city bus, the film transforms the linear narrative of an ordinary bus ride by inserting images from past and future to the rhythm of the bus's windshield wipers. As the time/space continuum fragments, reality seems to be chasing itself.

"His film embodies the essence of cinema: movement, rhythm, the poignance of ephemeral gestures."

     - Jim Hoberman

"Photographed through the windshield of a Vancouver city bus and edited according to the rhythms of the bus' windshield wiper, the film transforms the linear "narrative" of the bus ride into a temporal construction that can be described as cubist. The effect of the cutting strategy on the actual temporal organization of the film is as remarkable as its effect on our sense of time."

     - R. Bruce Elder, Image and Identity

 

Award(s): Honourable Mention, Northwest Film & Video Festival

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