169 Seconds: What tree trunks really look like

169 SECONDS. What is it that filmmaking does to our relation to time and place? In this installment of the jubilee series of 169 seconds, Steffen Moestrup embarks on a small essayistic journey along with Margaret Tait to reflect on the question of cinematic - and worldly - time and place.

169 Seconds: Una mujer reflejada / A Reflected Woman

169 SECONDS. In this installment of our jubilee series of 169 Seconds, Catherine Grant collects mirror and reflection sequences from the 2017 Chilean film Una mujer fantástica and ponders their significance in this narrative of queer melancholia and mourning. The film stars Daniela Vega, a trans actress and mezzo-soprano, who, in the closing moments of the film, sings the song that accompanies the essay: “Ombra mai fu”, the opening aria from Händel’s 1738 opera Serse.

169 Seconds: The Wonder of Illusory Depth Cues – the use...

169 SECONDS. In Sebastian Lelios The Wonder from 2022 the initial camera movement quite literally takes us from the film studio where the film is shot and into the world of the English nurse Elizabeth Wright in 18th century Ireland. Do you wonder how?

169 Seconds: Waiting For The Miracle

169 SECONDS. In this wonderful instalment of 169 Seconds, made in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of 16:9, Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin explore Abel Ferrara's independent film Go Go Tales (2007), focusing on its use of Dreyer-like long takes and tour de force performances. In Go Go Tales, Ray Ruby (Willem Dafoe) is desperate, but in one particular scene Ferrara and Dafoe deliver a small miracle. All we have to do is watch and wait.

169 Seconds: Trimming Time in Breaking Bad

169 SECONDS. In the second installment of our jubilee series of 169 Seconds, Jason Mittell leans into the parametric possibilities offered by the series. Through 16 video clips from Breaking Bad, with a new one appearing every 9 seconds, the video evokes the affective experience of Walter White’s story.

169 Seconds: Improbable Dialogisms or Dancing as an Act of Defiance

169 SECONDS. At 16:9 we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year with a series of 169 Seconds video essays about films, series, documentaries, etc. made since the journal was launched in 2003. In this first installment, Barbara Zecchi traces unlikely intertextual connections between four notable dance scenes in Dogtooth, Raw, Titane and Ema.

169 Seconds: Improbable Dialogism or the Art of Flying

169 SECONDS. This installment of 169 Seconds by Barbara Zecchi deconstructs the controversial ending of Scott and Khouri’s Thelma and Louise by putting it into an improbable intertextual dialogue with two other unrelated films—namely Vittorio De Sica’s Miracolo a Milano (1951) and Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (1982).

169 Seconds: Parasite – Props at the Periphery of Perception

169 SECONDS. Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is a film that pays obsessive attention to its mise-en-scène. In this installment of 169 Seconds, Mathias Bonde Korsgaard explores how the film’s props subtly assist in characterizing the social status of the characters by creating a distinct opposition between global and local brands.

Telescopic Intimacy

VIDEO-ESSAY. Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin explore the works of avant-garde filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin, focusing on the enigmatic close-ups and the “telescopic intimacy” of his films.

169 Seconds: Titane

169 SECONDS. Jan Oxholm analyserer det tragiske anslag i Guldpalme-vinderen, Titane (2021), som viser en far, der ikke kan nå sin datter. Eller er det i virkeligheden datteren, som ikke kan nå sin far?