RC, standing for Rhythmical Calculations, is a reconstruction of a lost film by Jalu Kurek, poet allied with the Cracow Avant-garde. The essence of the film is its structure. As the author wrote about RC - “The film is not about the idea or the images. What makes it exceptional is the structure, i.e. the temporal succession, and editing, i.e. calculating, cutting and interweaving the frames”. The film relies on three different means of expression: captions, animated diagrams and “natural” shots. In accordance with the idea of “pure film”, stipulating the renouncement of any “extra-film” elements, such as content or captions, he vested these means of expression with an exceptional character: the captions were not meant to explain anything but operated as a “parallel force”, and the rudimentary plot was fragmented and included within a stream of relatively loosely associated images. Also faces, considered as a “theatrical prop” were excluded – all “natural” shots were taken as worm’s-eye view, at close distance.
References: M. Giżycki, Awangarda wobec kina. Film w kręgu polskiej awangardy artystycznej dwudziestolecia międzywojennego, Warsaw 1996; J. Kurek, Kino – zwycięstwo naszych oczu, 1926 (reprinted in: M. Giżycki, Walka o film artystyczny w międzywojennej Polsce, Warsaw 1989); J. Kurek, Objaśniam OR, “Linia” 1933, vol. 5 (reprinted in: M. Giżycki, Walka o film artystyczny w międzywojennej Polsce, Warsaw 1989).
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