Previously Screened: TEN SECOND FILM

View online October 29–November 13, 2016

Black and white film still featuring a screen marker

Bruce Conner, TEN SECOND FILM (still), 1965; courtesy Conner Family Trust, San Francisco; © Conner Family Trust, San Francisco

TEN SECOND FILM (1965) pays homage to Bruce Conner’s fascination with the cinematic language of trailers and “coming attractions.” This brief work—its title accurately describes its length—is composed entirely of segments of leader, including countdown numbers and markers, reflecting on the structural vocabulary of film. In our galleries, TEN SECOND FILM appears as a poster commissioned by the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 1965, in which all 240 frames of the film (created to be shown at 24 frames per second) are reproduced.

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