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Bridges-Go-Round

Filmmaker Shirley Clarke crafted Bridges-Go-Round—a paean to the vast bridges spanning New York Harbor—from surplus footage from an earlier project. Shots soften into colorful, dreamlike abstractions that swing to two musical scores as the footage plays twice, back-to-back: first with a jazz score by Teo Macero, then again with a track by Louis and Bebe Barron, composers of the electronic musical score for Forbidden Planet. Clarke achieved intense color by bipacking, a technique in which certain colors are altered by running the footage through the printer a second time. The short work is also an homage to Joris Ivens’s 1928 classic The Bridge, a montage of viewpoints of an iron bridge in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and a symphony of abstract structural forms. (Shirley Clarke, 1958, 8 minutes)

01/13/2021