ROBERT TODD - INTERIOR LANDSCAPE

"Having made over 60 films over the past two decades, Robert Todd has a mastery of 16mm filmmaking that eschews categorization. As effective with the clarity and efficiency of the documentary form as he is with the mysterious shapes and shadows of the lyrical mode, Todd records the world with a sympathetic eye. Feathers and fields, stones and skin are rendered with sculptural accuracy, emerging from darkness into light, from focus to blur, refreshing and refining our own sense of vision. From prisons to playgrounds, streetscapes to landscapes, interiors to underbrush, there seems to be no place or object that resists transformation through the deft manipulations of Robert Todd’s lens."

- LIFT, Toronto

 
 

“When I film, I enter into a dialogue with the world, directly. I present myself (with camera) openly to the inhabited space surrounding me, a space I choose to join with and inhabit dynamically, seeing it and living within it as it is, not as I would dream or wish it to be. The world approaches me as I approach it. It shifts and changes not apart from me, but inclusive of my presence and my motions within it. My gestures, my vision, and the questions I find myself asking, are shaped by that which is immediately present for me within this world that I find myself a part of: I am led by it, as a hunter seeking treasure, as a dancer seeking contact, compelled by certain attractions (of form, of light, of motion, of tone, of substance) that the world provides and the camera interprets in heightened form, as I move through it and as it moves with and around me.”

- Robert Todd

 
MARIE POUR MÉMOIRE
 

Todd’s oeuvre, both inspired by and rooted in his realist daily environment — the parks near his home, the avenues, the buildings on his street, his own home and those of friends — produces a phantasmagorical graphic world from both light and montage (when there is any; some Films were edited in-camera). Todd insists that all these places we traverse, often without paying attention, are brimming with stories, and that the artist must find the means of “transcription” within his art that might translate them, echoing them in these very dense short films.

 
LES ENFANTS DÉSACORDÉS
 

Far more than a formalist filmmaker, Robert Todd developed a “thought-cinema” over his body of work, much as described by Gilles Deleuze in “The Time-Image” (University of Minnesota Press, 1989). The cinema, claims the philosopher, no longer seeks to illustrate stories and create meaning, but has become thought itself: “ The film does not record the lmic process in this way without projecting a cerebral process.”

 
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Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)


EVERGREEN
US, 2005)

Director: Robert Todd

  • 15 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color
  • Sound

INTERPLAY
(US, 2006)

Director: Robert Todd

  • 6 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color
  • Sound

HABITAT
(US, 2012)

Director: Robert Todd

  • 9 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color
  • Sound

UNDERGROWTH
US, 2011)

Director: Robert Todd

  • 11 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color
  • Sound

WITHIN
(US, 2012)

Director: Robert Todd

  • 8 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color
  • Sound

THRESHOLD
(US, 2013)

Director: Robert Todd

  • 13 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color
  • Sound



Total Running Time: 01:02:00

Booklet Text: Robert Todd, Raphaël Bassan (36 pages, in English and French)

Published ByRe:Voir Video

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