<metallic sound of film spool plinging as projector starts its lopsided spinning>
The screen is taken up by circle in which focus shapes in gray and numbers counting down from ten as clock like hands spin all accompanied by a beeping.
Slurred orchestra of Nino Rota is heard as an office comes into view.There are gilded edged books in green and red leather under glass barrister bookcase glass, a hat rack on which a trilby hangs at a steep angle as to indicate that its positioning an intentional joke. The camera Panning right, a large mahogany desk whose surface in only broken up by a green blotter and big mouthed ashtray in which two dead snake looking matches lay.
Viewed from profile as he looks out the window, a man awkwardly sits on the corner of his desk , one leg extended, foot on the floor while the ankle of other foot digs into its knee.
He turns towards the camera, taking his pipe out of his mouth, putting it in the ashtray:
“Oh hello, i didn’t see you there.”
The rumples in his cardigan are smoothed out. The music turns playful with the flute taking the lead. An image of rabbits or some other smallish animals rolling around in a tangled mass among the grass is conjured.
The music turns ominous but the reel has too much slack and so slurs which only adds to an abstracted danger.
“Notice the nostrils flare and quiver in anticipation of <inaudible>. Indubitably, the female of the species is the more deadly than that of the male. Even more so for the unwary for whom pleasure has become more than merely a matter of biology. Notice how the lips part just slightly as if to wordlessly say…”
A white hole appears at center of film getting larger and larger, the edges of frozen image becoming a mountainous relief map of burnt celluloid before retreating further back to allow more whiteness to appear. The unpleasant smell of something man made burning.
“Rachel” Watercolor & Cotton Paper 7×10