The films of Bill Mousoulis
(1988, 8 mins, Super-8, color, sound on film)
La Rosa, Sarah Johnson,
Genre: experimental narrative
Synopsis: Four people, at different times, wait at a tram stop. A film about life.
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or as part of Super Dreams
Screenings: 9, including: Experimental Film Focus, Madrid, May 1994; Melbourne International Film Festival, June 1988; "The Films of Bill Mousoulis", Nov 1992.
lights up the 'Chantal Akerman' sign for me, but it is created, not quoted,
thank heaven. A great formal idea - the progressing into the close-up
faces - and with great (chance?) emotional effects of 'soul' beauty in
the pay-off ..... But, Embrace is about 'spiritual' - not physical
- contact ..... I'm damn sick of these mystical, magical, purely imagined
'connections'! Give me some sex!"
QUOTE AT HEAD
OF FILM: "In the explosive point of contact between what the star actually
projects, and what the fan longingly invests, a soul is born."
NOTES: "The faces of Embrace are potent minefields of signification
for the viewers of the film. What's on show (once the self-conscious element
is eliminated) is not the confessions of the Hollywood/glamour mask, but
the confessions of the ordinary human face. Embrace is a scrupulously
honest film - by denying the projection of 'something', what is there
to be seen is everything. The film ultimately is about the actors - their
lives, their feelings, etc. - and thus a reflection of the audience. The
title of the song used in the film - "Come See About Me" - also propounds
(if one were to take it literally) an operation of sublime empathy via
'looking'...... Embrace takes Adrian Martin's quote, pushes it
to an ironical limit, and then disperses its meaning in a rapture of association:
love, looking, screen, spectator, invitation, connection."
- Voted 5th Best Super-8 Film of 1988, Super-8 Yearbook, Feb 1989 (on 4 Top Ten lists).