Peter Hutton

F., Prod.: Peter Hutton. 16mm. L.: 60 m. D.: 5’. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Some takes of Boston Fire feel very much like early cinematography. The camera captures the destructive impact of a catastrophe in long black-and-white shots. Smoke and water fill the screen and tiny firemen, seen as distant silhouettes, seem to fight an unwinnable battle against a major blaze. The filmmaker seems to be more interested in capturing the play of primal elements with his camera than documenting a catastrophe. So Boston Fire bewitches the audience with long meditative shots of immense, dark clouds before Hutton finally reveals the cause and shows a skeleton of a building.

Karl Wratschko 

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