By David Finkelstein | July 3, 2010

This beautiful film by Thorsten Fleisch is made entirely from stills of crumpled sheets of foil. The foil images rush by, one per frame, at the rate of 24 frames a second, making it impossible for the eye to linger. These high contrast stills of foil look like they could be aerial shots of a mountain range, or the moon. Although the sequence of frames seems largely random, there must be a subtle patterning to it, because after a while one seems to see expanding and contracting circles, spirals, rotations, and what look like mountains moving laterally. At times it looks like someone violently shaking a tree branch thick with leaves. This last association comes to mind because of the noisy soundtrack, evocative of the crinkling of foil. A kinetically and visually stimulating ride, watching “Silver Screen” is like riding a roller coaster crashing through a very particular terrain of texture and sensation.

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