Electronic Music: Roger Doyle
Script and Direction: Joe Comerford
Danny O'Connor, Carolyn Tipping
Joe Comerford’s first film involves a process that informs all of his other work. The combination of “elements of narrative with abstraction”.
A pitch-black Beckett-like vaudeville of impotence and aggression, Emtigon tragicomically details a homeless old man’s covert intrusion on a young woman social worker.
Claustrophobic framing and cutting refuses the viewer an easy interpretation or even a comfortable point of view but the abstractions hint and nudge at possible meanings. An associational montage of images from World War I suggests a collective memory that might somehow underlie the protagonist’s behavior.
The final image of a stolen house-key dropped into dark canal waters is emblematic of this filmmaker’s opaque, poetic narratives.
Notes by Eugene Finn
10mins, Ireland, 1971
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