Toward A Twenty-First Century Portraiture

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno

Those of you who skipped last night’s 1/3 movie night at Bela Dubby really missed a doozy. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is an entirely unique cinematic experience, a film unlike any other. Training seventeen cameras at Zinedine Zidane playing his final game for Real Madrid in April 2005, the filmmakers capture not just a character or personality but a person, plain and simple. Zidane expands the possibilities of conventional portraiture to include time, allowing the artist to capture things like habit and mannerism, aspects of personality and behavior even Carravaggio couldn’t reproduce due to the limitations of paint. 

The film removes all cinematic conventions that aren’t integral to the medium; narrative, character development and plot structure are all rejected, enabling a thorough interrogation of the possibilities of light, color, sound and motion. It’s almost like a cinematographic version of a painting by Jackson Pollock: an omnidimensional field in all four dimensions, wholly engrossing and uplifting if one let’s oneself be swept along. It’s the ultimate film about film — or the possibilities of film — exploring its affordances like nothing I’ve seen before.

Advertisements

2 Comments on “Toward A Twenty-First Century Portraiture”

  1. kjm says:

    Steven Holl’s comment to the NYT: “No comment.” Not a happy camper. Should win soon though. Next year? Especially with major projects in China opening… and many won competitions. Also, would hardly call ten canonical buildings canonical… point to note: diagram diaries is on sale at strand for $100… strange. lastly, Fuksas needs to learn a bit from Mr. Pritzker 2009 before he wins the pageant.

  2. test says:

    Hi there I am so glad I found your web site, I really found you by mistake,
    while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am
    here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a tremendous post and a
    all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but I have
    book-marked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will
    be back to read more, Please do keep up the great jo.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s