After Lumiere - l'arroseur arrosé

 

The film is based on the simple practical joke played by a little boy on the gardener. The boy stands on the water hose, the gardener looks down the nozzle to find the obstruction, the boy steps off the hose and the gardener is soaked. My remake adds a number of new features - there is a third character, the woman of the house - is she also the lover? The boy is now a girl dressed as a boy and the whole sequence of events is repeated four times.

 

It explores all four versions of film material, black and white positive, black and white negative and colour positive and negative. It also explores sound and different viewpoints and camera movements. It places the spectator into the role of cinema detective - philosophically it asks what can you know for sure from the evidence of the cinematic document.

 

MALCOLM LE GRICE