Detail, Roman Opalka

A film by Christophe Loizillon – 24 mn – 1986

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Photogramme - Detail, Roman Opalka


Obsessed with the idea of visualising time, painter Roman Opalka (France 1931) took a major decision a long time ago: as long as life would last, he would count time. On a black canvas, he sketched, in white painting, the number 1. When the canvas was covered in a continuous series of numbers, he took another one to pursue his work. Today is a special day, for he will reach the number 4 000 000.


Production : La Sept, Les Productions Lazennec, Intermédia, France Télévisions, CNC

Scenario : Christophe Loizillon / Photography : Jean-Jacques Bouhon / Sound : François Waledisch / Editing : Richard Berteaux

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