Muybridge's Strings

Muybridge's Strings

Can time be made to stand still? Can it be reversed? Koji Yamamura's Muybridge's Strings is a meditation on this theme, contrasting the worlds of the photographer Eadweard Muybridge-who in 1878 successfully photographed consecutive phases in the movement of a galloping horse-and a mother who, watching her daughter grow up, realizes she is slipping away from her.

Moving between California and Tokyo, between the nineteenth century and the twenty-first, the film focuses on some of the highpoints in Muybridge's troubled life and intercuts them with the mother's surrealistic daydreams-a poetic clash that explores the irrepressible human desire to seize life's fleeting moments, to freeze the instants of happiness. Enriched by Koji Yamamura's refined artistry and Normand Roger's soundtrack, Muybridge's Strings observes the ties that cease to bind, fixes its gaze on the course of life, and presents a moment in time suspended on the crystalline notes of a canon by J.S. Bach.

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Main credits

Yamamura, Koji (film director)
Yamamura, Koji (screenwriter)
Yamamura, Koji (animator)
Yamamura, Koji (editor of moving image work)
Fukushima, Michael (film producer)
Tsushihashi, Keisuke (film producer)
Shiota, Shuzo John (film producer)

Other credits

Script, edit, design, animation, Koji Yamamura; original music and sound design, Normand Roger, Pierre Yves Drapeau, Denis Chartrand.


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Distributor subjects

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Film and Video Arts - Film and Video Making
Maximum Age Level - 17
Minimum Age Level - 15
Technology Education - Science and Technology
Animation

Keywords

Animation techniques; Experimental films; Life cycles; Muybridge, Eadweard; Time; "Muybridges Strings"; National Film Board of Canada; Bach