Telephones, 1995

In this video by art film pioneer Christian Marclay, a reverie on one of the greatest props in film history.

One of the best props in the history of film is the telephone– the way it interjects into the scene with a shrill ring, the utility of introducing other characters in other surroundings to further the story, the way it can suddenly re-orient behavior.   Here, Christian Marclay intercuts these various ways the telephone appears in film.


Another great montage takes a look at the often overused trope of  ‘digital image enhancement.’  Again, a go-to means of driving a story along.   I have yet to see this work with anything related to actual digital imaging and interpolation, but in movies it’s been delivering plot twists since the Commodore 64.