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Lunch Break
dir. Sharon Lockhart / USA 2009 / 88’
subtitles: no dialogs
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Lunch Breakis a single, monumental, hypnotising frame of 83 minutes. For Sharon Lockhart this film is a milestone in many aspects, because previous works by this artist consisted of sequences of motionless frames. In Lunch Break, the camera is moving smoothly along the corridor of a Maine shipyard, passing by workers who eat sandwiches and those who are simply resting: talking to each other, sitting on improvised furniture, reading newspapers, drinking coffee from thermos flasks, sleeping, walking. The entire film was made from an 11-minute shot on 35 mm film, digitally processed then and extended to 83 minutes. In result, everything we see is happening eight times more slowly than in reality. Lockhart's film has a political meaning. Lunch break is an hour taken out of a factory's life, utterly unproductive time. The soundtrack for Lunch Break was composed by Becky Allen and the film was edited by the long-shot veteran, James Benning. The track includes industrial sounds of a factory hall, clanging metal, machine noises, occasional voices. We hear them in their real rhythm, but it is perfectly matched with events of the slow-motion images.

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