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Waiting For Lancelot

Directed by Lisa Steele
Canada, 1976 (video art, 79 minutes, black and white, English)

Film Description:
"Waiting for Lancelot [...] is in seven distinct parts: 1) 'G's Dream', 2) 'I'm Having Trouble with My Heart', 3) '186,000,000 Miles Per Second', 4) 'The View', 5) 'Domestication (Arthur Speaks)', 6) 'At Snake Spring', 7) 'The Witness (The Testimony of Lancelot)'. Lancelot is a dense fabric of fiction, observation and legend. The tape is unusual in that it has all of the characteristics of a novel. [...]"
-- Clive Robertson (source)

Film Description:
"In this tape I wanted to construct a fictional narrative and also to tell a 'story' with visual images. Inspired by, more than based on, the King Arthur-Lancelot-Guinevere legend, this seven-part tape tells the story of a woman existing within both marriage and an 'affair,' both male-defined confines to her. Seen from her own viewpoint, she is a sleeper waking to a world almost totally inhabited by insects. She sees everything in extreme close-up, describing her life, the movement of the insects, sexual experiences, and finally her own death in the same microscopic detail. Throughout the tape, I tried to maintain a visual silence; that is, the images may change frequently but movement within each frame is kept to a minimum."
-- Lisa Steele (source)


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