PRINT December 1973

Michael Snow’s “La Région Centrale”

I BEGAN THE FIRST PART of this article, published last month, by stating that La Région Centrale is as fine and important film as I have ever seen. The two sections of that installment attempted to show why Snow’s film is important; the following sections are intended to point out aspects relevant to its being a fine film. I made the point at the end of the first part that Snow could have made an important film that was boring or painful to watch, but his achievement is in making an important film that is also a fine film to see. It is an enormously complicated, varied, and beautiful film, and what follows is intended to help you sense that when you see the film.


As you watch the film you will hear the director giving directions to the camera operator. He seems to be giving the directions from off-camera in the form of music and postsynchronizing them with the image. Musical directions

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