From the Pole to the Equator

From the Pole to the Equator (1987)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 1987-09-19
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 5 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: Gianikian-Ricci Lucchi
  • Production Country: Germany, Italy
  • Directors: Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi.
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The title Dal polo all'equatore was first used by the pioneering documentary maker, Luca Comerio, for a compilation film of 1925; it was used again by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi for their film of 1985. Much of the original has been re-worked: the 'found footage' has been re-shot, slowed down, tinted, and re-edited with a sound track of minimalist composition. As a result, the exotica of colonial travel and sport take on new and sinister meanings. The acts of violence, especially those of hunting, recur in patterns that suggest visually that war is a logical development. A close examination of the work, starting with the opening sequence of a railway journey, explores the centrality of questions of memory and history to this remarkable and influential film.

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  • Raimondo Franchetti

    as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Editing D. A. Pennebaker Editor
Directing Yervant Gianikian Director
Editing Yervant Gianikian Editor
Production Yervant Gianikian Producer
Directing Angela Ricci Lucchi Director
Editing Angela Ricci Lucchi Editor
Production Angela Ricci Lucchi Producer
Sound Keith Ullrich Original Music Composer
Sound Charles Anderson Original Music Composer
Camera Luca Comerio Director of Photography