Sixty Six

Sixty Six ★★★½

These pop culture artifacts have been stripped down into objects, icons, letters, and colors. The colors, letters, icons, and objects have been pasted back together into a dream. A dream that's intimate and collective, that grows into a collection of stop-motion suites. Curated with an aesthete's eye, the animated collages are a pleasure to behold, and a pleasure to hear: rain patters alongside music from Some Came Running or dialogue from an episode of Route 66. Especially striking are Lewis Klahr's focus pulls between layers of paper or plastic imagery. As in live-action, they redirect the viewer's attention, but here they feel more active. They restructure the film's surface, and its surface is its whole world. Shifts in focus get the weight that a hand gesture might have if human bodies were ever onscreen.

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