Tango (1981)

Tango is an almost hypnotically complex work that requires several viewings to grasp completely.
It is comprised of a single static shot of a simple room with wood floors, blue patterned wallpaper, and four points of entry: three doors and an open window. And is animated as a collage of live action film clips.
Zbigniew Rybczynski had to draw and paint about 16.000 cell-mattes, and make several hundred thousand exposures on an optical printer. It took a full seven months, sixteen hours per day, to make the piece.
His use to re-photographs film lends this film its washed-out, jittery quality, and accounts for the wonderful skips and bumps that give Tango its texture.

It begins simply, with one boy retrieving a lost ball in a repeating pattern. He is joined by others who also follow repeating patterns of their own. As soon as each new character has entered and left the room for the first time, the next one comes in with his own repetitious behavior. The film peaks with 36 people occupying its claustrophobic set. We get caught up in the combined texture of these erratic movements; characters pause randomly during their loops, sometimes passing through others in their attempts to occupy the same narrow space. It climaxes with a screen packed with individuals all going about their business in complete ignorance of the actions of the others, and ends as simply as it began.
Tango suggests a need to transcend the unsatisfying personal routines of our daily lives.
You can buy Films & Videos by Zbig Rybczynski - Part 1 - Media.

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