Surfacing on the Thames

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6 & 9 minutes (depending on fps)


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Surfacing on the Thames is 6 minutes when played at 24 fps or 9 minutes when played 16 fps

"The loveliest Rimmer film (and the cleverest Rimmer title) shows a river boat slowly steaming past the Houses of Parliament - so slowly that it seems not tobe moving, and surrounded by such a grainy luminous mistiness that one critic is supposed to have thought he was looking at a Turner painting rather than at film footage. Gradually the surface of the film begins to wrinkle slightly, to spot, to show minor blemishes - in a sense to assert itself above and before the rich density it contains. The gesture is tentative and discreet, but it is also unsettling and liberating in ways that seem central to the gentle invocations of dissolution that are a basic feature of David Rimmer's world."
     - Roger Greenspun, New York Times

"Temporally, each frame of the original shot is rendered as a brief pause between a continuing progression of dissolves ... It is a chronology of events, normally occurring in real time, but seen in this film from an intensely magnified perspective."
     - Al Razutis

"The ultimate metaphysical movie ... one of the really great constructivist films since Wavelength."
     - Gene Youngblood, ArtsCanada


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