Fall


An iconic retelling of the myth of Icarus that equates the suncrazed Cretian youth with our own fly-boys carrying the power of the sun in their plane bomb bays.

". . . subtly but powerfully equates the myth of Icarus with possible nuclear holocaust . . . De Witt's achievement lies in conveying this obvious comparison in freshly stirring imagery and with an awesome sense of the glory of Icarus--mankind's rise and the catastrophe of his fall." --Edgar Daniels

"What is most powerfully effective in FALL is the extraordinary sophistication of DeWitt's visual techniques, his graphic eye, and his complex designs. Because each unit of the exposition is so painstakingly conceptualized and nurtured, an audience is afforded a unique kind of purview on the elements as they are reconstituted in the more complex overlays. Thus the early, Magritte-like compositions of eye and sky establish basis for later more complicated efforts... Color changes worked on given images (the bird, the sky) avoid the oversimplifications of hues/cues. Certain effects, as when clouds pass through the falling body which is outlined in flaming orange, can only be described as awesome...a work of immense dedication and exceptional skill." --John Fell

Award: First Prize, Independent Filmmakers' Competition, 1971.

Other distribution: Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.

1971, 16mm, color/so, 16m

--Canyon Cinema Catalog

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