Intervals (1969)

A short examination of structure and sound, this film shot in black and white in the location of Venice presents three sections of similar film to us over its duration of six minutes. In the first section a metronome is used to count events in the film. People walk across the frame, sometimes in the foreground, which is accompanied precisely by a different sound. In the second section a male Italian voice can be heard counting through the alphabet. Music by Vivaldi is heard in the third. Shot 26 December 1968 - 8 January 1969. Dubbed 30 October 1973.

"Greenaway exploits genre conventions... he deftly dodges narrative responsibilities and engages his delight in images which exist for their own sake." - Robert Brown, MFB

Greenaway on Intervals:

"Very abstract, an attempt to make a movie without narrative using the figure 13, the harmonic structure Vivaldi used in The Seasons. It was made in Venice and combined images from both the Biennale - representing the high culture of painting in Europe - and the Film Festival, largely through graffiti on the houses in Venice."



H is for House


Water Wrackets

Dear Phone

Vertical Features Remake

A Walk Through H

The Falls

Act of God

The Draughtsman's Contract

The Sea in their Blood

Making a Splash

A Zed & Two Noughts

26 Bathrooms  

The Belly of an Architect

Drowning by Numbers

Fear of Drowning

Death in the Seine

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

A TV Dante: The Inferno Cantos I-VIII

Prospero's Books

M is for Man, Music and Mozart


The Baby of Mācon

Lumiere & Company

The Pillow Book

8 1/2 Women

The Death of a Composer

The Tulse Luper Suitcases

The European Showerbath


Tulse Luper


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