Tony Conrad (US)

Cinéma Spoutnik

Straight and Narrow
1970, 16mm, color, sound, 10min
A film by Tony Conrad & Beverly Grant

Music by Terry Riley and John Cale

Courtesy of Canyon Cinema

Straight and Narrow is a study in subjective color and visual rhythm. Although it is printed on black and white film, the hypnotic pacing of the images causes viewers to experience a programmed gamut of hallucinatory color effects. Straight and Narrow uses the flicker phenomenon not as an end in itself, but as an effectuator of other related phenomena. By using images, which alternate in a vibrating flickering schedule, a new impression of motion and texture is created.

By repetition,
you start noticing details
in the landscape