By Kevin B. Lee_____________________Screen-of-consciousness notes of a 12-minute film played twice:
[Editor's Note: This is the 928th entry in House contributor Kevin B. Lee's Shooting Down Pictures, a record of his ongoing quest to see every title on the list of the 1000 Greatest Films compiled by They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?]
Opening sounds of cheering - man stalking game
tourists on boat: sound of a gunshot as a man's hat gets blown of by a gust of wind
shots of spectators on boat intercuts with wounded animal in its death throes in the water = distance/ detachment emphasized across cuts
zebras blood on its black and white stripes - cut to a black woman's face - emphasis on skin textures, surfaces
talking of tourists - mystery science theater commentary imposed on the footage
similarly, nightclub music imposed on footage
agitated cobra - cut to: woman's naked torso
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white man offering an African man a smoke - collusion?
two white men eating
shot of animal's flesh being stripped from its carcass
trapped giraffe - shot of giraffe's buttocks
woman's bare breast
man emerging from hut - insinuation of sex
man with a gun - cuts to shot of the prow of a boat = phalluses
cut to: gaping cavity of animal carcass
cut to: woman pounding stick into a mill
cut to: woman's naked breast
cut to: men eating - consumption...
Sex is not mentioned at all in any of the pre-reading I did, but I was definitely seeing connections. What's fascinating about these connections is that they could be used to point to my own preoccupations as much as Kubelka's. But never mind me - let's ponder Kubelka for a minute. For one thing, his camera is repeatedly trained on women's bare breasts and veiled shadowy nether-regions, a man's penis, and the bare buttocks of... a giraffe! Moreover, out of the 14 hours of footage he reputedly shot, it is these conspicuous fragments that made the final cut. So who's got the fixation here - Kubelka, or me for pointing out that he's practically shoving it in my face?To read Part 1 of Lee's entry on Our Trip to Africa, click here. To read Part 2, click here.