Filmoteka Muzeum

Kodachrome is the name of a photographic film introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1935. In mid 1960s it became extremely popular with amateur filmmakers. Excessive saturation and small granularity – characteristic features of Kodachrome films – became integral part of the captured family memories.

Due to the sentiment, massive protests followed the decision on Kodachrome Super-8 discontinuation in 2005. Wilhelm Sasnal, whose most movies had been recorded on this film, used his last five cartridges to make Kodachrome.

He fastened cardboard pieces containing various texts on a projector reel: calendar pages, information on the movie about John Kennedy’s assassination, slogans from Kodachrome advertisements, Jetinder Sira’s relation from a dream flight in a Concorde, lyrics from the Paul Simon’s song titled Kodachrome.

After a short exposition he run the projector. Each text swirls and disappears, just like in the famous spinning newspaper film effect.

References: Sasnal. Przewodnik Krytyki Politycznej, Warsaw 2008.


Year: 2006
Duration: 2'49"
Language: English
Source: 16 mm

© Wilhelm Sasnal, by courtesy of Foksal Gallery Foundation

Acquisition date: Oct 27, 2011
Acquisition: deposit
Ownership form: deposit