PRINT September 1971

Foreword in Three Letters


In a remarkably wrongheaded piece, Annette Michelson, in the June Artforum asserts, with reference to Michael Snow’s film, Wavelength, “Snow has redefined filmic space as that of action.” Now even the most simpleminded film goer such as myself knows and feels, intuitively (and rationally, if ratio is needed) that space has always been defined in terms of action (inner and outer). What else is a western, gangster film, situation comedy, etc? “The object of Farber’s delight, the narrative integrity of those comedies and westerns,” is nothing but a reactionary, model-oriented mode of film-making indulged in by just about everyone in the commercial cinema, and certainly not indulged in by Mike Snow. The basis of Miss Michelson’s hypothesis is blatently and patently incorrect. Other, smaller assumptions seem to get carried along in the tide of shallow insight and intellectualization: “

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