Further film formalism. Tango (1980) by Polish filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczynski is a static shot of an empty room. A boy throws a ball in through the window, retrieves it, exits then throws the ball in through the window. His repeated action is the first of an interwoven series of looped actions by thirty-six different people who eventually form an impossible crowd passing through the room. All human life is here: eating, drinking, sex, death, exercise, breastfeeding, theft, an accident—there’s even a man carrying a toilet bowl. Rybczynski spent seven months doing this the hard way with optical printing which is why the quality fluctuates as the room becomes more crowded. The whole thing lasts eight minutes and you can watch it here.

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