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Video clip of Lea Grammont

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Lea Grammont

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w ; 3/4 in.

Copyright Date:
1976

Copyright Holder:
Ros Barron

Artist:
Barron, Ros

Background:
This was created while Ros Barron was in residence at WGBH, and broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase."

Scope:
Includes a 2" master, Betacam and D3 preservation masters, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies of the finished work.

In this eerie meditation on childhood and memory, strange and mystical figures appear as evidence of things lurking beneath the surface and seen through the eyes of a child. The child is first seen seated at the feet of a female figure who works assiduously at her knitting. "When I was six," a voiceover proclaims, "I knew of something separate and strange." A figure with a black veil appears before a caged bird and comes face-to-face with another woman. A human bird figure appears in a mirror. The veiled figure spits a blood-like substance into a bowl. The bird is released from its cage and perches on a woman's arm. A blindfolded man with a rope around his neck holds a bouquet of flowers with an outstretched arm. "I am no dutiful daughter," says the unseen narrator, at the same time as one witnesses the child return to the knitting woman's side with a man, to create a seeming picture of family harmony.

The soundtrack is credited to Harris Barron.



Producer:
Atwood, David (Production Coordinator)

Coproducer:
New Television Workshop, WGBH

Editors:
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Assembly)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Assembly)

Funders:
Rockefeller Foundation
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities

Performers:
Kelleher, Mary (Lea Grammont)
Kelleher, Amy (Child)
Fantasia, Joyce (Servant)
Jackmauh, C. (Bird - Devil)
Kelleher, Dan (Man)

Subjects:
Memory
Children


Genre:
Dramas





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