Prelude (1999)

Type Short Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 0hr 2mins.
Genres Experimental
Keywords short
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
David Wharnsby Editor n/a 172 7000001
Luc Montpellier Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Michael Snow Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Michael Snow Music n/a 120781 8000001
Phillip Barker Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Lou Solakofski Sound n/a 120816 14000003
David McCallum Sound n/a 120816 14000002
John J Thomson Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Jennifer Weiss Co-Producer n/a 170 3000003
Niv Fichman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Tuan Tran Actor n/a 1 1000004
Bill Chan Actor n/a 1 1000003
Diane Sidik Actor n/a 1 1000002
Leanne Poon Actor n/a 1 1000005
Robert Lee Actor n/a 1 1000006
Jody Shapiro Producer n/a 3 3000001
Michael Snow Director n/a 2 2000001
Esther Jun Actor n/a 1 1000001
A carefully prepared "rush job" and come on. An unblinking wild three-way where most every action (teaser ingredients of 'sex,' 'violence,' music and food) occurs thrice, as sound, verbal description and visual event. Though these constituent parts are out of joint and rarely meet in the same incremental 'time zone,' perfect synch seems only to occur dead center within the room. The action occurs within the same camera pan and single take. Like some of Snow's greatest work, the seemingly offhand Prelude is conceptually meticulous. The film constructs a momentary physical world subject to specific behavioral and cinematic laws that parody the idea of 'Coming Attractions.' Taking off on the apparent paradoxes and backhanded clairvoyance of all trailers - how can something prepare a path and 'trail' behind, acting as an appetizer, but also spoiling all narrative surprise? Time and tempi are torqured to match the exaggerated metabolism and delivery of such advertisement cum films.