Corpus Callosum (2002)


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Structuralist filmmaker Michael Snow incorporates elements from the last 50 years of his career to create the experimental feature *Corpus Callosum. Also a painter, photographer, and sculptor, Snow's films focus on the mechanics of the camera and the formalistic possibilities of filmmaking. Like 2002's Waking Life, *Corpus Callosum was shot on video with real-life actors and animated afterwards with Houdini software. Captured in slow zooms and 360-degree pans, the images are continually messed with by various means from high-tech animation to presenting the video in reverse. Due to the digitized stretching and twisting, the characters often switch clothing, genders, and ethnicity in graphic manipulations. Meanwhile, the characters remain indifferent to the exploding images around them. Snow sets the characters in a generic office space where the environment is distorted by their actions. He also uses a living room setting where a family watches a blue sky on the TV, while their media-oversaturated home fluctuates around them. The film also manipulates the basic filmmaking process by placing the credits in the middle. Partially funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, *Corpus Callosum premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Corpus Callosum

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

This 90-minute postmodern voyage was more diverting and thought-provoking than I'd expected it to be.

Dec 6, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The wanton slipperiness of *Corpus and its amiable jerking and reshaping of physical time and space would make it a great piece to watch with kids and use to introduce video as art.

Aug 28, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Corpus Collosum -- while undeniably interesting -- wore out its welcome well before the end credits rolled about 45 minutes in.

Aug 28, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

A bonanza of wacky sight gags, outlandish color schemes, and corny visual puns that can be appreciated equally as an abstract Frank Tashlin comedy and as a playful recapitulation of the artist's career.

Aug 27, 2002

Sometimes feels uncomfortably like a 93-minute Photoshop demonstration.

Aug 26, 2002 | Rating: 47/100 | Full Review…
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Snow has drafted a thought-provoking yet engaging video essay on the instability of images.

Aug 8, 2004 | Full Review…

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