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TIME STOOD STILL

TIME STOOD STILL

TIME STOOD STILL

1959 / 83min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ERMANNO OLMI

CAST: NATALE ROSSI, ROBERTO SEVESO, PAOLO QUADRUBBI

Olmi’s hired-hand feature film debut was supposed to be a showcase for the Edison-Volta company’s new hydroelectric dam, but he instead turned out a minutely-observed character study in which an isolated older dam caretaker is seen showing the ropes to a new, young, pop radio-addled employee, a story told through the rituals and rhythms of work against the backdrop of the Italian Alps, filmed in stunning ‘Scope.

Time Stood Still is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see. Click here for more info.