A movie that tells the story of an archetypal human life using images taken from All around the World and The Last 100 Years of Cinema.
The images span the microcosm - inside the body - through the individual - the first cry of a new born baby - to the macrocosm - accumulated archive footage of ritual celebration and the carnage of war.
The editing, music, and the mythic narrative arc of the material is designed to take the viewer on a roller coaster tour of the human body and life cycle. Every possible depiction of the human life from microscopic medical to portraits and newsreels, from births to deaths, are cut to a powerful music track by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead to create a powerful and highly emotional film, with peaks of ecstasy and troughs of despair.
The power of this film derives from the force of numbers; each face, each person, each body, each glimpse of anatomy, is both abstracted and dignified by being part of a huge flow, a torrent of humanity larger that any of us can conceive.
A Century of Human Drama and Struggle captured in Moving Images.
The film is supported by a highly innovative website project which can be seen at www.bodysong.com.
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Last updated 24th June 2005