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Imagining Rhoda

V. Sheri Wills

(USA, 1997, video 4:00)

Wills combines images from the light-hearted Seventies soap opera Rhoda with the gloomy deama La Souriante Madame Beudet (1923) into a surprising and somewhat wistful piece which is accompanied by piano music by Debussy. The original meaning of the decelerated, scratched and recurrent scenes – on the couch, at the window, outside on the street – does not reveal itselt. Some images are especially striking in this new context: a woman places on earring in her ear while crossing the steet; two pale arms reach out in the dim light.


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